Make-A-Wish ambassadors encourage writing to Santa this holiday season

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HARTFORD--A group of Hartford police officers escorted some kids to the mall on Thursday, which may sound strange, but was all for a good cause.

The Make-a-Wish ambassadors -- five young, bright children who have had their dreams granted came out to Westfarms Mall to promote the cause and encourage donations so other kids can get their wishes granted too.

According to Michael Dominick, with Make-a-Wish, "Every dollar does help, it’s essential."

The specific program they were promoting on Thursday was a joint venture called Macy’s Believes in Writing, which has people write a letter to Santa Claus. For ever letter written, Macy's will donate a dollar to Make-a-Wish.

"Our goal is always to reach more children, which we’re doing, but with that comes now the responsibility of where do we find the funding?" Dominick said.

The dollars add up; in 36 years they’ve delivered over 360,000 wishes globally. Macy’s will donate up to $1 million dollars this season.

Click here to learn how to donate to Make-a-Wish Connecticut.