I had planned on taking the kids to the Jolly Holiday Lights show in Des Moines. We had time after the New Years event, so I decided we would take them. It completed a wonderful day and I was so moved, because the car in front of us decided they would pay for the next four cars that followed them, which included us. Pay it forward, we ended up giving them the $20 we were going to use anyway to pay for the four cars after them.
I love the message of Jolly Holiday Lights. The money goes to the Make-a-Wish foundation, which grants the wishes of children living with terminal illnesses. Businesses throughout Iowa donate money and sponsor a holiday lights display. Before we went we bought hot chocolate and it was the perfect topping to our drive through the lights. The kids were going crazy looking out of both windows at the same time.
Anyway, the point of this story is that the Make-a-Wish foundation granted her one wish, which was to go to Disney World with her family. I remember when she brought pictures of her, sitting in her stroller, surrounded by all of the princesses. They dressed her up like Cinderella, her favorite. There were pictures of her swimming with dolphins and sipping tea with Alice in Wonderland. I had never seen her look so happy, I cried looking through them. The foundation does wonderful work, these kids look so happy, their dreams are coming true.
I highly recommend the light show, the kids had a blast.
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