Macy’s Doubles Donation to Make-A-Wish® in Celebration of National Believe Day

Along with granting wishes across the country on Friday, Dec. 9,
Macy’s will double its donation for all letters to Santa collected
in-store or online that day

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This Friday, Dec. 9, Macy’s and Make-A-Wish will celebrate the eighth
annual National Believe Day, a pinnacle moment of this year’s Believe
campaign. Macy’s will commemorate the occasion with a double donation
for the Believe letter writing program and the return of Wishes Across
America, a day devoted to granting incredible wishes for children across
the country with life-threatening medical conditions.

“National Believe Day is one of our favorite times of the year, where
our partners at Make-A-Wish, Macy’s customers and employees come
together to help make wishes come true for wish kids and their
families,” said Holly Thomas, group vice president of Cause Marketing
for Macy’s. “Along with these incredible wishes, we’re bringing back
double donation, which is a huge opportunity to raise an additional $1
million for Make-A-Wish on National Believe Day alone.”

National Believe Day

Since early November, Macy’s has invited customers of all ages to drop
their letters to Santa at their local Macy’s store or send online via Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to
Make-A-Wish for every letter collected through Dec. 24.

For National Believe Day on Dec. 9, Macy’s will offer a double donation,
providing an additional $1 per letter to Make-A-Wish, up to an extra $1
million, above the existing $1 million campaign goal. In addition,
Macy’s and Make-A-Wish will celebrate Wishes Across America by granting
wishes in Macy’s stores across the country, bringing together wish kids
and their families, Macy’s employees and local communities. Wishes will
be granted to children like Jake (age 16), who wishes to have a guitar,
Alyla (age 3), who wishes to be a princess, and Kayla (age 14), who
wishes to create a professional modeling portfolio.

The Believe campaign was inspired by the true story of 8-year-old
Virginia, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897
asking about the existence of Santa. The classic response, “Yes,
Virginia, there is a Santa Claus …,” penned by Francis P. Church, became
the most reprinted editorial in any English-language newspaper. The
season also marks a major milestone, as Macy’s will celebrate $100
million in total giving to Make-A-Wish since 2003, with nearly $13
million donated through the Believe campaign.

Celebrate with “Yes, Virginia”

This Friday, Dec. 9, the “Yes, Virginia” animated special will air
online at The award-winning, half-hour holiday
program features a star-studded cast including Neil Patrick Harris,
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina and Beatrice Miller in the title
role. The cast also includes former wish child Taylor Hay, who had her
wish granted when her voice was captured for one of the film’s

To learn more about the Believe campaign and the children who will have
their wishes granted on National Believe Day, visit
For media materials, including images and b-roll, visit

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers
fashion and affordable luxury to customers at 734 locations in 45
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to
customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations
through its leading online store at Via its stores,
e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive
assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion
brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary
events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores
— including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San
Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South
Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are
leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year
tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees,
Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national
charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a
difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit
our online pressroom at

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical
conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals
surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of
children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their
illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the
entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the
world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every
community in the United States and its territories. With the help of
generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a
wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than
270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015
alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.


Macy’s Media Relations
Julie Strider Fukami, 646-429-5213
Davis, 646-429-7470