Mississippi Power recently partnered with Make-A-Wish Mississippi to grant a local child a trip to Disney World. “It’s just made up of employees that volunteer their time, volunteer their monies to better the community. So, today it’s a combination of funds given by employees and then fundraisers that we, as employees, put on to help the community, which, are the people involved in the community, just like this child today,” said Mona Jackson who is an employee with Mississippi Power.
Thirteen-year-old Jacarius Lanier was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease, FS at just two weeks old. This disease is terminal, and he has to have frequent blood transfusions. “He is a very good kid—no problems at home, no problems at school, most of his teachers love him because he’s just so quiet. He’s the child that everybody wants to have,” said his mother, Keelsha Randle. It costs $6,500 to grant a Wish, and Jackson said this goes deeper than just helping out one person.
“This impacts their siblings and their parents because sometimes it’s really hard at home. So, a trip like this, can completely change how they look at what’s going on in their life,” said Jackson. “Sometimes, it gives them the will to fight if they’ve kind of give up. So, it can make an impact on the families that way, and then in return, when the employees see the benefit of what they’ve done.” His mother said, “I think this trip is really going to bring him out more, and his personality is going to be bigger than what it already is. It’s just knowing that you’re going, then the first time flying, and first time doing it—it’s really going to be exciting for him.”