Jordan wanted to shop, but not for himself. He wanted to purchase toys and clothes to give to the homeless children in his community in California.
News spread of this 12-year-old boy – dealing with the life-threatening challenges of his brain tumor – wished to help others.
With help from Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area, Jordan’s wish was coming together. Two local organizations compiled a shopping list to identify items most important to homeless children, and retailers and shoppers chip in by making purchases ahead of time.
With excitement in the air, it’s time for Jordan’s shopping spree.
His first stop – Wal-Mart. Every manager, associate and clerk stands outside to greet him with smiles and tears of joy. Since the big-hearted boy had previously been featured in a newspaper story, many of the shoppers recognize him. They offer Jordan words of encouragement and more. Some even give him money to add to his shopping spree allowance, while others buy items right off the gift registry.
As he continues from store to store, he finds carts and bins filled with merchandise already purchased by shoppers and store employees to support his wish. Every store gives him a discount, a check to supplement his spree and a special gift just for him.
With the shopping done, Jordan wants to meet the kids benefiting from everyone’s kindness. So Make-A-Wish volunteers throw a celebration at a ranch in Napa for Jordan’s friends and family, and the families of the homeless children.
This wish kid arrives at the party aboard a fire truck with its sirens blaring. And all the kids greet him with hand-made banners, cheers, applause, and thank-you cards. Then everyone feasts on Domino’s pizza, donated cookies and Cold Stone Creamery ice cream. The 150 guests enjoy the sing-along music, animals, a clown and face painting.
In addition to the gratitude of the children, Jordan earns the admiration of the Mayor of Napa. The mayor announces how proud he is of Jordan and presents him with a key to the city. In another highlight, Jordan cries with happiness as he tears open the gift wrapping on his new video camera.
At the end of the day, Jordan gives each kid a hug and a specially-selected present, wrapped that morning by his family and Make-A-Wish volunteers. Each child thanks him for his generosity and compassion.