Deed 4: Answering a Letter to Santa

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Christmas
Disney Princess Bicycle

Disney Princess Bicycle

I signed up to answer a letter to Santa through New York Cares who is partnering with SCAN New York(Supportive Chidren’s Advocacy Network).  The letter I received was from a 4 year old girl named Grace in New York.  Within the letter she asked for a bike, fish, or a doll.  As a 29 year old male without kids, I don’t know anything about dolls so I was certainly not qualified to purchase one for Grace.  I thought about getting her a fish as I had a goldfish as a kid that lived for over 14 years(a story for another day) however, fish come with additional expenses and responsibility for the owner.  I decided to purchase a bicycle as I still remember the joy I felt as a kid when my parents had a bicycle under the tree for me on Christmas morning.

Making the determination to buy a bicycle for Grace turned out to be the easy part.  I quickly realized I do not know anything about bikes for 4 year old girls.  Where do I buy one from? What size do I get?  What do 4 year old girls even like?  How in the world was I going to get it to uptown Manhattan quickly?  I called around to bike shops in New York, did some research online and checked every website I could think of that may have one(Target, Toys-R-Us, Walmart, Amazon, Kmart, etc).  I came to the determination that a 16 inch bike in pink was the best bet.  The next question was how could I get the bike there?  Carrying a giant box in a cab or on the subway wasn’t exactly feasible.  When I looked into shipping the bike, almost every website would take too long to get it there.  The last thing I wanted to happen was for Grace to be disappointed on Christmas.

I finally came across Walmart who had a 16″ Disney Princess bicycle that could be delivered quickly and made the purchase(pictured above).  I hope I bring happiness to Grace and her whole family this Christmas.


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