Based in New York, A Moment of Magic, formerly known as The Princess Project, is a program originally founded by Kylee McGrane, Wilkes Barre, and Margaret McAndrew, in Milford, Connecticut. On a mission to spread some magic, and a little bit of pink in the busy world around them, this program takes college-age students to volunteer at children’s hospitals and schools dressed as some of the world's most popular princesses.
In doing so, A Moment of Magic continues to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and bring joy to the children affected by it as well as other children whose lives are affected by illness/disabilities.
Services we offer:
Our volunteers will visit children in their rooms at hospitals. By doing so, a child's experience is individualized for them. We can do a sweep of different hospital floors (such as oncology, ICU, etc.) and are even experienced in interacting with children on isolation.
Past bedside visit examples: Cohen's Children's Hospital, Montefiore Children's Hospital, Saint Joseph's Regional Medical
-Large Event Appearances
Our volunteers have done everything from parades, meet and greets, face painting, and walks. Together we and your organization can cultivate a perfect setup for your event.
Past large event appearance examples: CureFest for pediatric cancer, Strut Your Mutt NYC, Kids for Kids Walk
Our volunteers have been trained to read in a way that makes literature come alive. We have worked with hospitals and non-profit organizations to set up an interactive book reading experience.
Past book readings examples: Candlelighters NYC, Saint Mary's Hospital Queens
Every character that we have on our staff comes ready to deliver a performance to you. Our staff is prepared to interact with children and bring the music they hear in their famous movies come to life.
Past sing-a-longs examples: Sunrise Day Camp, Saint Margaret's Elementary School
-Arts and Crafts
Our staff would love to host an arts and crafts party with your organization. We have done everything from shield making, crown making, cape making, tutu making, and paint nights.
Past Art and Crafts Events examples: Children's Hospital at NIH, Children's Hospital of Atlanta Scottish Rite
-Individual Visits *new*
Our organization is extensively trained for individual visits. We will bring our characters to the comfort of an individual child's home or hospital room to focus only on that child. The child will get the characters of their choosing and a gift will be delivered to the child as well. Activities will be decided upon by the event coordinator and parent prior to the event.
Past individual visits examples: Visited individual children in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ronald McDonald House
-Skype Visits *new*
While our organization operates out of the New York City area and primarily physically reaches organizations on the east coast, life threatening diseases affect children all over the world. We are the only organization that brings our characters to your child virtually via skype. A parent and an event coordinator will work together to plan the "skype date" from the timing to the characters the child wants to meet. The child will receive a package of gifts from the character that they skyped with following the visit.
Past Skype visits examples: Skype visits to children in Arizona, Iowa, and Oklahoma
A Moment of Magic Foundation is a nonprofit organization that allows college-age students to volunteer as beloved characters in pediatric hospitals.
HQ page: facebook.com/AMomentofMagicFoundation/
A Moment of Magic operates on the mission of "restoring the magic of believing at a time when a child needs to 'just be a kid' and reminding them to be brave, strong, and fearless".