’This is her day’: Walmart rolls out red carpet for Mineola girl’s Make-A-Wish shopping spree

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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Walmart rolled out the red carpet on Friday to help grant the wish of a 4-year-old Mineola girl who wanted nothing more than to go on a whirlwind shopping spree.

Walmart Supercenter off of Highway 64 in Tyler was the first stop in Arianna Plata’s shopping spree through Make-A-Wish North Texas. The foundation creates life-changing wish experiences for children with critical illnesses around the world.

“Her wish was to have a shopping spree and today is her wonderful day,” said Daniel Scheingarten, a wish-granter for Make-A-Wish North Texas. “She’s dressed like a princess because in our eyes she is a princess.”

Arianna has Pierre Robin syndrome, a condition that comes with a lot of health issues.

But, that doesn’t hinder her love of shopping.

“Walmart is one of her favorite stores,” said David Plata, Arianna’s father. “She wants to make sure she comes to Walmart at least once a week because she expects to get something, all the time.”

Arianna and her family were selected by Make-A-Wish North Texas to receive the day-long shopping spree.

“This will be the first time in her life she is able to go in the store and grab anything and everything possible and put it in the buggy,” said David. “She is so happy right now.”

Stores and restaurants in Tyler, starting with Walmart, came together to make the day possible.

“If it wasn’t for the stores and the community and the other stores we’re about to go to this day wouldn’t be possible,” said Scheingarten.

Just like Arianna, mom and dad had permanent smiles on their faces.

“It means the world to us, it’s something we were hoping would go through and it did and were so glad to be here,” said David. “We’re proud parents of Arianna. We believe she is a great blessing to our lives.”

Arianna said she had lots of fun shopping and thanked all those who made it possible.

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