Shelbi Zeien is meeting The Biebs!
Shelbi, who suffers from an autoimmune disease that has prevented her body from thriving and stunted her growth, has been a Bieber fan for four years, admiring how hard he works and how well he treats fans.
On Friday, Macy’s of Walnut Creek is rolling out the red carpet for Shelbi at a "wish enhancement" reception that includes a limo ride and a personal shopper and coincides with the retailer's "National Believe Day."
And adding to Friday's festivities, more than 30,000 "Dear Santa" letters from students in the Fremont Unified School District will be delivered to Macy's -- arriving via fire truck from a local department -- that will trigger $60,000 in donations to Make-A-Wish, according to staff.
Fremont's Azevada School teacher Claudine Dentoni spearheaded the Fremont letter-writing campaign, said Jen Wilson, marketing and promotions manager for Bay Area's Make-A-Wish.
For each "Dear Santa" letter received throughout the holiday season as part of its "Believe" campaign, Macy’s donates $1 to Make A-Wish, up to $1 million. But on "Believe Day," Dec. 14, Macy’s doubles that, donating $2 per letter, with a $500,000 maximum donation cap.
Last year, Dentoni collected about 5,000 Santa letters from children through her Azevada school connections, Wilson said. This year, Dentoni expanded her efforts to include the entire Fremont district.
High school students from Fremont will be on hand Friday to present the letters, Wilson said, adding that their contributions will fund “adoption” of more than six wishes.
Macy's encourages the public to bring letters stamped and addressed to "Santa at The North Pole" to letterboxes inside Macy's stores as part of the holiday fundraiser.
Restaurant Lark Creek Walnut Creek is also hosting Shelbi and her family
for a "Believe Day" dinner.
Shelbi heads out Jan. 8 to Colorado for her official Biebs meet-and-greet.
The Walnut Creek Macy's is located at 1301 Broadway Plaza.
To learn more about Macy's "Believe" campaign and "National Believe Day," view the company's website at www.macys.com/believe.