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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 8:44 am | Updated: 12:51 pm, Tue Dec 4, 2012.

Gabriella Miller, a 9-year-old Leesburg resident who was diagnosed with an inoperable, cancerous brain tumor last month, is leading an effort to get Macy’s to donate $1 million to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When Gabriella learned her wish to visit Paris would be granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she wanted to do something to give back to the organization. She was told that Macy’s will donate $1 million to Make-A-Wish if the store receives 1 million letters addressed to Santa Claus. Gabriella’s goal is to hand deliver 10,000 letters to Macy’s Dec. 23.

The Loudoun Country Day School fourth-grader is asking those in Loudoun to help her efforts by penning their own letters to Santa.

She will host two Dear Santa Parties where people can enjoy cookies and take a few moments to write their letters: from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at Loudoun Country Day School, 20600 Red Cedar Drive in Leesburg, and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at Loudoun School for the Gifted, 44675 Cape Court in Ashburn.

Letters to Santa can also be dropped off at Loudoun Country Day School or mailed to: “Make-A-Wish With Gabriella,” 20899 McIntosh Place, Leesburg, VA 20175.

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  • crazy4life posted at 9:13 pm on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    crazy4life Posts: 1

    Gabriella inspired my family....that my kids got their friends and classmates to write letters to Santa and we mailed them to the address you provided (400 of them). So we were just wondering if you knew if she met her goal of 10k letters?

  • sheryl567 posted at 9:35 pm on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    sheryl567 Posts: 1

    wishing for you the best and a speedy recover just know god is walking with you the whole way through even through good and bad but in your case its going to be for the good luv sheryl shannon

  • jacksanders posted at 5:20 pm on Sun, Dec 9, 2012.

    jacksanders Posts: 2

    Please share this with Friends and Family

  • jacksanders posted at 5:19 pm on Sun, Dec 9, 2012.

    jacksanders Posts: 2

    Please share this with Friends and Family

  • vatxmx posted at 11:22 pm on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    vatxmx Posts: 1

    I too will spread the word in hopes to reach as many hearts as possible. Share on Facebook and on Pinterest. God Bless you Gabriella.

  • FollowChristine posted at 8:37 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    FollowChristine Posts: 1

    Gabriella, what a dear, dear wonderful girl you are! A tremendous student & actress too! I'm going to do everything I can to spread the word & help! My love to you sweerheart- xo Ms. Christine (Shannon & Rachel too!!)

  • loudoun parent posted at 11:06 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    loudoun parent Posts: 142

    What an inspriation you are, Gabriella! There are many people in the area spreading the word and working on this for you. Good luck!