NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – A local artist uses his talent to bring Christmas magic to sick children.
The decorations go up at Macy’s in the Queens Center shopping mall. Outside the store you’ll find colorful murals that start with a letter written to Santa, then a wall of wishes and dreams that leads to a beautiful music box and the word ‘believe’.
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The murals help kick off the Macy’s Believe campaign, where children write or send letters to Santa Claus, CBS2’s Cindy Hsu reported Wednesday.
For every letter written to Santa Claus, Macy’s donates $ 1 to Make-A-Wish, which so far represents more than $ 25 million and more than 16,000 wishes granted.
Artist Rey Rosa, known as “The Drif”, grew up in foster homes and struggled with serious illness. At age 10, the Make-A-Wish Foundation made her dream come true.
“They granted my wish to go to Disney World. They took me with my whole family and it let me see that there was more to the outdoors than living in the Bronx in the projects. So I got to see all this color, all this creativity, all this magic happening, ”said Rosa.
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He now shares this magic through his art. He came up with the idea for the Believe murals to encourage children to keep dreaming and enlisted the help of seven other artists to help them create them.
” It’s awesome. It is to bring together. I mean, to think that a Wish alumnus, a kid, who had their wish in 1999, is one of them, ”said Phil Lussier of Make-A-Wish.
“Just amazing. I heard Rey’s story and when they said they were going to come here and paint the murals… it’s such an amazing story,” added Danielle McKay of Macy’s.
Rosa told Hsu that he hopes the murals will encourage the children and the whole community to believe.
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The Macy’s Believe campaign runs until Christmas Eve.