Student helps make wishes come true

It’s been a very successful season of giving for one Longwood student, who for three years has been doing his part to ensure that more children’s wishes are granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

After reaching out to students and staff throughout the District, sixth-grader Armanie Rivera collected close to 1,500 letters to Santa for the Macy’s Believe campaign. On Friday, December 9, he delivered the letters to Macy’s as part of National Believe Day, raising $2,936 for Make-A-Wish.

For each letter collected, Macy’s donates $1.00 or up to $1 million to Make-A-Wish, the national organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. On National Believe Day, Macy’s doubles their donation.

Born with a rare form of congenital heart disease, Armanie found out about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which partners annually with Macy’s in its Believe campaign, when he had his own wish granted by the foundation. Since then, he continues to volunteer and raise money to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Armanie’s teacher, Melanie Holroyd, explains that it’s a joy to see his excitement as gives back to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“For someone his age to be so giving and compassionate by donating his time and energy for such a wonderful cause, is a joy to see, especially during the holiday season,” said Ms. Holroyd.

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