Two college sophomores, Kylee McGrane and Maggie McAndrew, were home on winter break watching the movie, Frozen. Noting their own resemblance to the princesses in the movie, they asked the question, “What if?” What if we dressed up like princesses and went to pediatric wards at hospitals to cheer up children? Their 2014 conversation turned into action in 2015. The two dressed up like Anna and Elsa and volunteered a lot of their time to visit sick children in area hospitals. “For me, making these lasting connections with kids and their families is super important,” McAndrew said. “We get to make this really awesome, personal memory with the kids, and then, in a lot of cases, the parents keep us updated and we get to keep up with the kids on their journeys.”
Since then, the pair started their own non-profit organization called A Moment of Magic. With the help of their college, the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, New York, they now have 40 volunteers who dress up as princesses. In 2016, these college students reached more than 5,000 children in 2016.
Now college seniors, these two best friends are working with other colleges to help them start their own chapters. The goal is to have superheroes and princesses working across the country to give sick children their own magic moments… to escape the reality of their disease for a few moments… to give comfort and hope. To them, it’s all worth it. McAndrew summed it up when she said, “We thought that this was going to be just something that we did as a hobby for fun — we never thought it would grow to this.”
Joe’s Perspective: Yet another example of ordinary citizens creating a company that combines their two passions in life – in this case princesses and helping children. Mark my words, this will be their careers. The non-profit will generate millions of dollars through grants and donation. They will take part of this money and pay themselves a salary. They will grow this into a movement and you will see sick kids visited by princesses in hundreds of cities within 10 years. Think of the impact this will have on children and families. Enormous. It’s about so much more than the princesses.
Your Turn: Once again, I ask you, what small or big thing can you do to make this world a better place?