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Shannon Receives Star Treatment During Her Shopping Spree Wish

Our friends at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates made Shannon's store experience really special.

“ She was beaming when she got into the limo for the ride home. ”


- Shannon's volunteers

Most teenagers enjoy spending their free time at the mall, and if they are lucky, they will have enough money to buy a new shirt every so often. Thirteen-year-old Shannon was one of these teenagers. When Shannon, who has sickle cell anemia, found out she would be receiving a wish, she wanted to take her love of shopping to the next level. Shannon wished for a spree at the Lehigh Valley Mall.

Macy's rolled out the red carpet for Shannon and her family.Shannon’s day started with movie star treatment before she even left her neighborhood. Volunteer Christine Dunham recruited the help of ballerinas from The Dance Center in Shannon’s hometown to send Shannon off for her special day.  Their “Arch of Flowers” and gift of a goody basket in the limo was the perfect way for Shannon to start her wish. 

When Shannon arrived at Macy’s, she was greeted with a photo shoot and makeover. To make the experience extra special for Shannon, she was given a personal shopper. Later, GameStop kept the excitement going by welcoming her with snacks and lots of goodies.

The second half of Shannon’s day was equally as fun, with more snacks coming from Gertrude Hawk, where employees helped her dip her own strawberries. Later, Shannon continued to be treated like a star at the Guitar Center, where employees made sure Shannon felt like a rock star.

“The incredible generosity of this leg of the journey was awe-inspiring,” said the volunteers. “Manager Rob Bell, Zack, Michael and every single employee in the store swarmed around her beaming with smiles and offers of help and advice.  By the time she left there with her new guitar, case, stand, strap, books, and electronic tuner, she had no trouble imagining herself on stage years from now.  Words cannot begin to express the magic of what these fine people did for this wish child.  Their huge discount was beyond what we expected.”

Although being a celebrity for a day seems exhausting, Shannon and her family re-fueled at Longhorn Steakhouse. They were given collector’s pins, a hat and stellar service. By the time Shannon hopped in her limo to go home, she couldn’t help but smile. 

GameStop, Gertrude Hawk Chcocolates, The Guitar Center, Macy’s and Longhorn Steakhouse all provided discounts for this special day that Shannon will remember for years to come. Her shopping spree has given her a whole new attitude.

  • Volunteer Christine Dunham owns a dance studio called The Dance Center and always tries to involve the girls in the wish celebrations. Shannon’s wish was no exception.

  • Dancer from The Dance Center came dressed in their ballet costumes and lined the street where she lives as the limo escorted Shannon on her wish.

  • Macy's rolled out the red carpet for Shannon and her family.

  • Guitar Center Allentown pre-selected some beginner options for her as well as all the necessary accessories.

  • Shannon received a makeover at Macy's.

  • Shannon received a warm welcome when she arrived at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates.

  • Our friends at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates made Shannon's store experience really special.

  • Shannon dips strawberries in chocolate at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates.

  • Enjoying strawberries.

  • Shannon enjoys a treat at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates.

  • GameStop decorated the store and had Shannon's favorite snacks on hand! They also pre-selected some game system options for her (based on what we knew she wanted) which made shopping much easier.

  • GameStop decorated the store and had Shannon's favorite snacks on hand! They also pre-selected some game system options for her (based on what we knew she wanted) which made shopping much easier.

  • Guitar Center Allentown pre-selected some beginner options for her as well as all the necessary accessories.

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