Dylan Rosier, 10, asked Santa for a white Christmas. With the help of the local community, volunteers and people from around the country, Dylan will have snow for the holiday. (Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Snook Photography)
McDONOUGH — A little boy’s Christmas wish to Santa has snowballed into a community coming together to make Dylan Rosier’s dream come true.
Rosier, 10, has been battling leukemia for two years.
While taking pictures with Santa, St. Nick asked him what he wanted for Christmas.
Dylan’s first request was a cure for cancer.
“I had no idea he was going to say that to Santa,” said his mother Brandy Moon.
When Santa asked him what else he wanted, the little boy wished for snow on Christmas.
Photographer Jennifer Snook, who was taking pictures for the families, heard the request, and she wanted to make it happen.
“She really wanted to make his wish come true,” said Jennifer’s husband Patrick Snook. “I got on the phone and starting making calls looking for a snow machine.”
Patrick, a member of the Henry County Police Department, also got in touch with the Henry County Fraternal Order of Police.
Patrick’s search for the machine took him across the country to Tempe, Ariz.
“That was the only place I could find that still had a machine available for rent,” he said.
When Patrick explained to the company, Snow Daddy, why he needed it, they agreed to fly the machine to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport so it would arrive in time for Christmas.
The company waived the shipping fees, which brought the cost down to $650.
The FOP stepped in and covered the rental fee.
Ice was needed to make snow.
Patrick contacted Home Ice in Atlanta. They, too, pitched in and cut the price of the ice from nearly $2,600 to $812.50.
On his wife’s suggestion, Patrick created a fundraiser at www.gofundme.com to help raise money to cover the cost of the ice.
“Within less than a day, we had the money we needed,” Patrick said.
With the help of fellow police officers, friends, neighbors, Glen Haven Baptist Church as well as people from all over the country, Dylan’s wish for a white Christmas is going to happen.
“This will seriously be the best Christmas ever,” Brandy said. “This is so amazing.”
Nearly 4,000 pounds of ice was delivered to Dylan’s home Christmas Eve.
With an army of volunteers, the snow machine was scheduled to run from about 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. today, creating nearly a foot of snow in the family’s front yard.
“This is such an overwhelming miracle,” Brandy said. “I never could have imagined people would care so much to make this happen. I really hope when people hear about this it will open their hearts and inspire them to do something for someone else.”