-How did A Moment of Magic start?
A Moment of Magic, formerly known as The Princess Project, is a program originally founded by Kylee McGrane, Wilkes Barre, and Margaret McAndrew in Milford, Connecticut. On a mission to spread some magic, and a little bit of pink in the busy world around them, this program takes college-age students to volunteer at children’s hospitals and schools dressed as some of the world's most popular princesses. To read more about our story, click here.
-How many kids have you met?
While we don't have an exact number, we have reached children in 43 different states, 6 different countries, and have done upwards of visits since we began in 2015. We estimate that we have met 45,000 kids! See all of our past events here.
-Why princesses and superheroes?
As our friends at the Magic Yarn Project say, these characters truly are "symbols of strength, courage, and true determination for young children everywhere". We hope with our visits that we can restore a little bit of the childhood magic that pediatric cancer and other serious illnesses all too often takes away. While there are many amazing organizations that allow these children to travel to have the same experiences, A Moment of Magic brings these children the same magic and quality!
-Where is A Moment of Magic based out of and how does it operate?
A Moment of Magic was created in New York City in December 2014. Originally, A Moment of Magic operated with 2 volunteers until September 2015 when it began it's chapter system. In 2017, we expanded again with our national headquarters to remain in NYC and proudly work with 20 colleges and universities all over the country! We plan on adding new chapters every single year!
-Why do you only allow college students to be character volunteers?
We have chosen to only create character chapter systems in colleges due to our intensive trainings, high commitment expectations, and nature of our work. While we hope you can understand, we certainly hope that this does not dampen your desire to help our organization.
There are many wonderful and fulfilling opportunities that would allow you to volunteer with our foundation and get others involved. Please see our "get involved" tab for all of the fulfilling ways to make a difference!