Employees help make a wish come true

Employees help make a wish come true

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Mississippi Power’s new East Mississippi chapter of Community Connection has put the “magic” into the Magic Kingdom for a very special young lady.

Keyundra is a 5-year-old Kemper County native who suffers from a blood disorder. And like most young kids, Keyundra wanted to go to Disney World.

Thanks to the East Mississippi chapter and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the trip is happening this week, and the cost is covered, so “Hakuna Matata!” (no worries).

“The Plant Ratcliffe chapter collected more than $6,500 through donations from current and former employees,” said Fleet Services Assistant Brandi Irby. “We wanted to support a child from Kemper County that may not have the chance to have their wish come true if not for our employees.”

These donations, and the tireless efforts of Plant Ratcliffe Senior Operator Randy Taylor, have led Keyundra, her parents and three siblings, into “a whole new world” of family fun.

“I think it speaks volumes about the people at this company that they want to give this little girl the vacation of her dreams,” Taylor said. “It is great to see that we want to treat the children and the community around us like it’s our own.”

In Orlando, the family will be staying at the Give Kids the World Village. Keyundra will spend lots of time with Disney princesses and she will also visit Sea World.

The family was surprised by a Make-A-Wish send-off party at the Meridian Customer Office on March 2. The party included cake and ice cream and gifts for Keyundra and her brother.

“The send-off party was our first joint project as a merged chapter,” said Irby, who serves as the vice president of the new chapter. “It was a great opportunity for our families to get together and share in the joy of Keyundra’s giant smile.”

This summer, Keyundra is scheduled to undergo bone marrow surgery. The donor is her 10-year-old brother, who is a perfect match. Irby says the chapter plans to stay in touch with the family to monitor their recovery.

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