Macy's  joined forces with the nationally acclaimed Make-A-Wish Foundation® in 2003, and has donated $14.9 million through "Thanks For Sharing," a program that debuted in 2003. Gridley's Libby Tolman, decided she could make a difference for children with life-threatening medical conditions, after a family member's daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Tolman is a wish granter volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and found plenty of children willing to help her collect stamped and addressed Letters to Santa for the Macy's "Believe" program.

Macy's  joined forces with the nationally acclaimed Make-A-Wish Foundation® in 2003, and has donated $14.9 million through "Thanks For Sharing," a program that debuted in 2003.


Cardholders pay a $25 enrollment fee and can then earn a 10 percent reward in most Macys and Macys.com purchases made with a Macy's credit card during the holiday season. For 2007, Macy's donated $5.8 million.


Gridley's Libby Tolman, decided she could make a difference for children with life-threatening medical conditions, after a family member's daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Tolman is a wish granter volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and found plenty of children willing to help her collect stamped and addressed Letters to Santa for the Macy's "Believe" program.


With the help of all of the students at Manzanita Elementary, McKinley School Kindergartners and first graders, Sue Orme's Westside Preschool and family and friends, Tolman was able to deliver 850 letters to Macys. Macys "Believe" initiative sends $1 per letter received (up to $1 million) to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. The children at Manzanita School gathered in their gymnasium with sixth, seventh and eighth graders giving assistance to the first  through third graders and fourth and fifth graders wrote their own. Students could be seen sprawled across the floor and bleachers, as they participated in this very special fund raiser, helping less fortunate children achieve what may be their last wish. Tolman also received help from 14-18 year old students attending a church dance.


Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted the wishes of children diagnosed with life threatening medical conditions, often a short time before their death. The foundation grants the wishes of these dying children often asking for visits from celebrities, in trips to much loved destinations, such as Disneyland or Walt Disney World.


To date, the foundation has granted 173,520 wishes, a wish every 40 minutes, with the help of 25,000 volunteers.


Libby and her husband Justin, have two children of their own and the family visited Macys in Roseville to deliver the letters on Christmas Eve. "The boys were putting the letters in the Macys collection box one-at-a-time for awhile and then they sped up!," Tolman stated.


It was very special when the children were writing the letters at the schools, because it brought the whole school together. Tolman received help with postage from the Gridley Kiwanis Club, Dr. Bruce Bowling and Safeway Stores, Inc. The 850 letters were collected in just three weeks.


Volunteering is nothing new to Tolman. She helped raise $20,000 in a year-long campaign for Dornbecker Children's Hospital in Portland, OR, a hospital similar to St. Judes. She also donated her own hair to the Locks of Love program three years ago. "It's always fun to do things like this," she explained. "It helps children understand what we can do for others, a great opportunity for them to learn," she stated.