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Wishes come true by Paying It Forward

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Three-year-old Arabella of Bossier City had all her wishes come true thanks to Pay it Forward Networking. She received a private dance lesson from Vicki’s School of Dance in Bossier City as well as a surprise visit from the Fairy Godmother and friends with Shreveport Princess Parties. Pictured are Arabella and her dad dancing to ‘Ring around the Rosie’ with the Fairy Godmother (Julie Martin) and friends.

Grassroots foundation grants wishes for children in need

Local businesses were eager to make three-year-old Arabella’s dreams come true when Pay It Forward Networking posted a list of the Bossier City girl’s wishes last September.

Her wish list was fulfilled within an hour and it all became reality last week.

Arabella received a private dance lesson at Vicki’s School of Dance in Bossier and a visit from the Fairy Godmother and friends with Shreveport Princess Parties.

Pay It Forward Networking (PIFN) is a newly-formed, local, grassroots foundation that grants wishes through networking for children with special needs, facing adversity, and/or disabilities. PIFN brings individuals together with the common goal of providing hope and dreams to children in those circumstances.

Arabella was diagnosed with Heterotaxy, a rare disorder that results in certain organs forming on the opposite side of the body, and will undergo open heart surgery in Dallas this month. Due to her condition, she is very susceptible to infection and cannot participate in dance or attend social parties.

So, PIFN has arranged to make her dreams come true and to give her happy memories to relive as she recovers. A wish granted gives recipients a day of fun and a lifetime of comfort knowing the love and generosity in the world.

The wishes granted are made possible by individuals simply combining resources and using their connections for a greater cause.

“It’s always so amazing to see the generosity of strangers with each wish we post,” Kassi Robinson, founder of Pay It Forward Networking, said.

In addition, many people through PIFN sent boxes filled with various handheld toys for her to play with while in the hospital and gift cards to help her parents with expenses while in Dallas.

For more information on Pay It Forward Networking, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PayItForwardNetworking.

Information about Shreveport Princess Parties can be obtained by contacting Julie Martin at Julie@shreveportprincessparties.com or at www.shreveportprincessparties.com.

Vicki’s School of Dance is located at 1020 Chinaberry Drive in Bossier City. For more information, visit their website at www.vickisschoolofdance.com.