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December 5, 2013

Letters to Santa|

Mullen Elementary takes part in campaign to support Make-A-Wish


Tonawanda News — Mary Moore-Hazel, Make-A-Wish development manager, said last year that many school districts contribute, but “No one is on the level of Tonawanda.”

Mullen has raised money through special events and campaigns. On Fridays throughout the year, students can donate $1 to participate in a special event such as Crazy Hair Day, Rock & Roll Day, Pajama Day or the popular Bubble Gum Day. A district-wide dodgeball game was a hit last year. 

“This is just one piece we’re doing this year for Make-A-Wish. We have many different events we put on in our building, as well as throughout the district,” said Mullen Principal Brad Halgash. “The students really get the benefit of learning how to help others ... and that’s a good piece of education there.”

Macy’s generally donates up to $1 million as part of the “Believe” campaign, which has been going on for five years. However, letters mailed Friday — as part of Macy’s National Believe Day — will earn $1 beyond, up to $2 million, Moore-Hazel said. Fifty wishes will be granted that day, including one in Rochester.

Moore-Hazel encouraged letter writers to drop them off Friday, although letters can be submitted through Dec. 24. Last year, $30,000 was raised in the Buffalo area.

“You’re never too old to write a letter to Santa and believe,” she said.

Macy’s sites in the Western New York area include stores at the Boulevard Mall in Amherst, Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, Eastern Hills Mall in Williamsville and McKinley Mall in Blasdell.

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