A 12-Year-Old's Wish Brings Some Much Needed Help To Some Kids On The Coast

Paint, power tools and cleaning supplies, they aren't the first things that come to mind when you think of what you might need to make a 12-year-old's wish come true.

"We have never had a wish like this," says Shellie Moses, Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Instead of meeting her favorite celebrity or going on an exotic get-a-way, 12-year-old Elise Reinfeldt, asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help get her to South Mississippi so she could help kids in need. The foundation found Doris Marbury's Ocean Springs daycare which needed TLC after damage from Katrina.

"I really like kids, and I like decorating. I like helping people, so this was like a combination of all three of them. So, it's like the perfect wish for me," says Elise Reinfeldt.

"I am astounded that someone so young has such a big heart for everyone," says Doris Marbury, Daycare owner.

Elise's entire family came down to help. She even got Air Force men and women on board to help.

"It didn't surprise me this would be her wish because even as a young child she's just been all about helping other people," says Susan Reinfeldt, Elise's mother.

When Elise was going through chemotherapy last Thanksgiving, her mom says she was still looking for ways to help others.

"She started something called the Thanksgiving tree, and she created this huge tree that they put in the center wall of the cancer unit.  She passed out little leaves, and she told patients, families, doctors and nurses to write what they were thankful for because maybe if they focused on what they were thankful for it would make the pain be less," says Susan Reinfeldt.

Elise's parents and others she's touched through her special wish say she's taught them lessons they won't soon forget.

"Her faith is never ending, never bending no matter how dire it may be no matter how tough it may be," says Mike Reinfeldt, father.

Helping others is really a blessing not only to others but also to yourself.

The Lowe's in D'Iberville played a big part in the effort. The store donated all the materials used to rebuild the daycare. Monday morning at 8 a.m. the kids will walk into their new daycare center.