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garner and macarthur student help raise money for make a wish

Neely Haby of Garner Middle School and her brother Jake Haby of MacArthur High School opened up their hearts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Macy's Believe Campaign this past Christmas.

R.H. Macy & Co. created the "Believe" program several years ago to benefit the children of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For every letter that a child or an adult writes to "Santa," Macy's will donate $1 and they did just that... $1 million to be exact. With the help of Jake and Neely, Macy's visited MacArthur, Garner and Northwood Elementary School and asked the children to write letters to Santa. With the help of their friends, family, athletic teams and schools, Neely and Jake were able to collect more than 1,250 letters.

When asked why they wanted to help, Neely said, "Being a student and involved with school, sports and church, I don't have much money to donate and make a difference but I do have a lot of friends and people I can go to ask to help me. My principal Mr. Crowe, and Northwood's principal June Sharrer were more than happy to support my efforts on campus. I had to do the leg work but it was worth it. I never thought I would get so many letters."

Jake Haby hit the clubs and organizations and even did an on air announcement asking for help from the students at MacArthur.

"It wasn't me or Jake, the credit goes to every person that wrote a letter. We made a great team," said Neely.

All the letters were placed in the Santa Mail box at the Macy's store in Northstar Mall before Christmas, and Macy's sent them on the Post Office to send to Santa.


Posted on Jan. 22, 2013