When given the opportunity to have anything, meet anyone, go anywhere, or be anything in the world, Jackie wished to have a nursery for her dolls.
Jackie, 13, suffers from a life-threatening cardiac condition. The pastime which brings her the most joy is playing with dolls. She loves to dress them, feed them, and rock them to sleep. Her wish was to have a real nursery, complete with a crib, changing table, and swing. She carefully selected twin dolls, Benjamin and Olivia, from a website offering babies who are lifelike in nature. Jackie’s only requirement when choosing her babies was that they not make noise!
Jackie’s summer began with quite the surprise when she arrived home from her last day of school to her brand new nursery! Make-A-Wish Kansas staff and volunteer Wish Granters worked hard to ensure that Jackie’s nursery would be everything she had wished for. They combined her love of owls, favorite colors, and specific requests to create a beautiful nursery where she can play with and take care of her dolls.
Jackie’s wish drew support from the community as well. Olliff-Boeve Furniture Store in Phillipsburg donated the carpet for Jackie’s new room, which was installed by Smith Center volunteer, Barry Brooks. Jewelers For Children, a nonprofit organization that helps children in need by supporting selected national charities including Make-A-Wish, offered financial support for the wish.
Having lived with her foster family for nine years, Jackie knows the joy and security that a loving home can provide—which is exactly what she is now giving to her new babies.