Rachel’s act of kind­ness sparked a rip­ple ef­fect of gen­eros­ity!

When Sheena Page’s two young daugh­ters tied their Christ­mas lists to he­lium bal­loons and re­leased them so they’d get to Santa ex­tra fast, the sin­gle mom’s heart ached, know­ing she couldn’t af­ford all they’d asked for. Lit­tle did she know that mir­a­cles wer

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O her Ké with Ani two ex­cite­ment and young n Sheena Lafayette, Thanks­giv­ing 10-year-old daugh­ters. Page as Louisiana, they stood pre­pared Sha’nya night Six-year-old out­side home in bub­bled 2016, to her re­lease with two Christ­mas rib­bons. bal­loons The lists into bal­loons to the Santa sky were tied with left­over to their them from with an Christ­mas aunt’s birth­day themed—ké party and Ani’s not was ex­actly a pink princess bal­loon. But all the girls cared about was that their lists would reach Santa faster than if they had sent them by mail. Men­tally re­view­ing their lists, Sheena felt a tug of worry on her heart. Ké Ani had asked for a tablet, light-up shoes and a tur­tle. Sheena knew a tablet was pricey, and be­ing a sin­gle mom and even work­ing ex­tra over­time at the Dol­lar Tree, she couldn’t af­ford the items her daugh­ters wished for. into off thought Christ­mas thought, in seemed But I truth, with wish the as hope­lessly night won­der, of I Sheena’s the as could morn­ing. see­ing the girls sky bal­loons some­how Sheena re­leased own them and out of watched Christ­mas dis­ap­pointed dis­ap­peared. couldn’t reach. find the a bal­loons them way, bear wish she sail on But the A Four ston, son, very Lane, In­di­ana, days later ex­cit­edly spe­cial Rachel and 800 called Goffinet’s dis­cov­ery miles her away to 3-year-old the in liv­ing Evan­room her “Look! fa­ther win­dow scanned Dog!” at her he the cried, par­ents’ field as in Rachel house. front of and the house. dis­tance, Some­thing and af­ter lay go­ing on the out ground to in­ves­ti­gate, in the Rachel’s dad and son re­turned smil­ing. “It’s a princess bal­loon with a note tied to it,” her fa­ther said, hand­ing it to Rachel. But as she read the note, she knew it was so much more. It was a lit­tle girl’s Christ­mas list, and see­ing the re­turn ad­dress, her amaze­ment grew. Not only at how far the bal­loon had trav­eled but that it had landed in that spot— only 10 miles shy of a town called Santa Claus. In that mo­ment, Rachel knew this hol­i­day would be like no other, as she beamed, “I want to play Santa for this lit­tle girl!” Wishes do come true With the help of their lo­cal news sta­tion, Rachel was put in touch with the prin­ci­pal of Ké Ani’s school, who then called Sheena. “Yes, Ké Ani sent up a bal­loon with her Christ­mas list. Both my girls did,” Sheena

gasped in shock, as the prin­ci­pal told her some­one and so far had away. ac­tu­ally And Sheena’s found the heart bal­loon… soared when she was told that the woman who’d found it also wanted to send Ké Ani ev­ery­thing on her Christ­mas list. Rachel was thrilled that Sheena was okay with her play­ing Santa and, learn­ing that Ké Anis sis­ter Sha’nya had also let a bal­loon go, Rachel in­sisted on ful­fill­ing her list as well. With the help of her fam­ily, Rachel bought ev­ery­thing on both girls’ lists, fes­tively wrap­ping each item. And be­fore ship­ping them off, she tucked a note in­side the box. I re­ceived your Princess bal­loon…your sis­ter let a bal­loon go which did not make it, but we wanted her to get a pack­age. Santa Claus. See­ing her daugh­ters’ big smiles on Christ­mas morn­ing, grat­i­tude and awe filled Sheena’s heart: Her own Christ­mas wish had come true af­ter all. But the mir­a­cles didn’t end there. Some­how, the story about the Christ­mas

“It just goes to show we must al­ways have faith. Mir­a­cles hap­pen!” says Rachel

bal­loon went vi­ral, touch­ing hearts around the Mar­bury up sneak­ers world. sent For­mer from both his NBA girls own au­to­graphed All-star shoe line. Stephon Ké light- Ani was also crowned princess for a day at a Pel­i­cans bas­ket­ball game in New Or­leans, where her whole fam­ily was gifted a trip to Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, hosted by rap­per Mas­ter P. And af­ter the trip, he sent them all home with a plane-load of presents. But while Rachel is happy she sparked such an out­pour­ing of gen­eros­ity, when she thinks back to that Christ­mas, it’s know­ing she helped two lit­tle girls be­lieve that Santa is real and wishes can come true that fills her with joy. “I will al­ways won­der how that bal­loon made it as far as it did with the note still in­tact,” Rachel smiles. “It just goes to show we must al­ways have faith. Mir­a­cles hap­pen!” Sheena echoes her sen­ti­ment. “It seemed God’s will for Rachel to find that bal­loon,” Sheena beams. “She’ll al­ways be our Christ­mas an­gel and have a spe­cial place in my heart for­ever!” —Diane Ni­chols

Rachel ( right), her son, Lane ( cen­ter), and boyfriend Matthew ( left ) found Ké Ani’s on bal­loon and sent ev­ery­thing her list with a let­ter from Santa “Santa an­swered my let­ter!” beams Ké Ani, who tied her wish list ( be­low) to a bal­loon so it would get to Santa faster

One of Ké Ani’s gifts was to go to a Pel­i­cans game and meet An­thony Davis ( Left to right) Sha’nya, Ké Ani and mom Sheena, now, full of joy and hope

Rachel made sure Ké Ani got all the gifts she wished for from Santa!

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