Keeping the magic alive for kids during a pandemic

Published: Apr. 18, 2021 at 6:55 AM EDT
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HIGHGATE, Vt. (WCAX) - Everyone could use a little touch of magic sometimes, especially in a pandemic.

This week, our Elissa Borden learned how one Disney princess is putting smiles on kids’ faces both virtually and face to face.

Oraya Firkey, 3, of Highgate, might be the biggest “Frozen” fan ever.

She first met one of the main characters, Elsa, at a birthday party a few years ago. Since then, she’s been begging to hang out with her again.

So this week, Oraya’s mom, Kari, made it open.

“I was invited to come as Elsa and make a child’s dream come true,” Nicole Landry said.

Landry is a performer and the owner of VT Charming Events, a business that does character visits with kids. It began around two years ago.

“I had a parent at a party, at a different kid’s party, say, ‘Oh, you’re singing Elsa with the kids. Would you come be [her?]’ And I was like, ‘I guess I can do that, sure,’” recounted Landry.

Landry has been singing since she was a child, and has dabbled with the performing arts as well. But following that requested appearance, she fell in love with it on the spot and has kept it up even through a pandemic.

Though Oraya’s household was vaccinated, Nicole also does Facebook videos for those still isolating.

Those, she says, have been on a steady incline since the pandemic started.

The best part? She does it for free for kids battling critical illnesses.

“It’s magical and right now, children need that. They need that magic, safeness, to feel comfortable,” Landry said.

Whether it’s JOJO Siwa, Elsa or Merida, VT Charming Events does it all to bring a little charm to kids who need it most.

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