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“Part of your world…” Students become Disney Princesses for sick kids

The Daily Catch - J-P Mauro - published on 01/19/17

Students at at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, New York, have founded an organization called A Moment of Magic, which sends college age volunteers dressed as Disney Princesses to children’s hospitals to perform much needed works of mercy.

Kylee McGrane got the idea for the project when she was watching Frozen as a sophomore on winter break with her family. She noticed that her and her friend Maggie McAndrew bore a striking resemblance to the movie’s lead characters Anna and Elsa. That’s when they figured they could fulfill their passion for helping people by impersonating the beloved Disney heroes. The foundation, since they’re currently only based at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, New York, is working on expanding the outreach work to other colleges and states, as well as recruiting more volunteers. “We’ve never said no to a visit, so any time a parent or a patient or a hospital reaches out to us, we do whatever we can to make it happen, whether it’s an in-person visit or a Skype visit,” McGrane told TODAY Parents. “So to be adopted by other colleges and have other chapters is our dream — so that any kid anywhere in the country can experience an in-person visit from a princess if they ask.”

Everything about this project is wonderful, from the joy that the ‘Princesses’ bring to their visits to the looks on the children’s faces when they meet their favorite characters. The project has been such a success that they hope more colleges will be able to join the effort. They even have ideas to expand to other genres with groups like Mission Super Hero.

On a mission to spread some magic, and a little bit of pink in the busy world around them, this program takes college-age students to volunteer at children’s hospitals and schools dressed as some of the world’s most popular princesses. A Moment of Magic is a program that is able to be adopted by Colleges and Universities across the United States as either The Fairytale Force or Mission Super Hero. The Fairytale Force focuses on the characters from the world’s most famous fairytales while Mission Super Hero allows volunteers to visit children as superhereos.

Cheers to Kelee and Maggie and all the other volunteers to this magnificent organization. We certainly hope that more schools join them in their good works.

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