Haverhill 15-Year-Old Emily Reid Receives Make-A-Wish Hawaii Dream at Macy’s Ceremony

Emily Reid writes letter to Santa. (Courtesy photograph.)

Emily Reid of Haverhill. (Courtesy photograph.)

Fifteen-year-old Emily Reid of Haverhill received her dream of visiting Hawaii from Macy’s Downtown Boston and Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island during a surprise ceremony in Boston Wednesday.

Reid, who is battling cystic fibrosis, was presented with hula dancing lessons, a luau, a makeover and a session with a Macy’s personal stylist to prepare her for her trip. The fun began with Reid writing a letter to Santa at Macy’s Believe mailbox.

Reid is expected to appear soon on 97.9 WHAV FM during “Win For Breakfast,” heard between 6 and 9 a.m.

Through Christmas Eve, Macy’s is asking customers of all ages to write letters to Santa and drop them off in stores or submit them online at macys.com/believe. For every letter sent, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish to help grant wishes for children battling critical illnesses.

With support from the Macy’s Believe campaign, Make-A-Wish provides children with critical illnesses the chance to experience life beyond their illness and see their most heartfelt wish come true, allowing them to replace fear with confidence, anxiety with hope and sadness with joy. Since 2003, Macy’s has donated more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish, including more than $19 million through the annual Believe campaign, helping to grant more than 14,500 wishes and impact more than 2.9 million people, including wish kids and their families, volunteers, community groups, medical professionals and more.

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