Saskatchewan

Disney princesses save the day for young Saskatchewan fire evacuees

How do you bring smiles to children forced from their homes? Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.

Queen Elsa, Belle and Snow White are making special visits to children forced from their homes

A Saskatoon children's store is bringing these princesses to Saskatchewan forest fire evacuees. (Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo/Facebook)

There are currently thousands of forest fire evacuees in Saskatchewan, including children who are desperate for fun and a smile. There are also countless people in the province who just want to help.

Put it together and what have you got? Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.

A "magical little" children's store in Saskatoon — called Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo — is bringing some exciting guests to children forced from their homes.

Amara Haywood is one of those guests: Snow White. 

She and three other princesses visited Prince Albert and North Battleford on Wednesday.

"The mood hasn't been that bad, considering the situation families are in," she said. 

Haywood said she and her royal cohorts have been spending time with evacuated kids, listening them to tell stories about what's it been like away from home.

A really touching moment, she said, was when a young girl "wrapped her arms around me and fell asleep."

The girl's mom explained to Haywood that her daughter wasn't sleeping much at night, because she's scared to be around so many other people in a large evacuation centre.

"Parents seem to be coping," and people are generally trying to lift each other's spirts at the centre, Haywood said. 

Haywood's next stop for the day was North Battleford, where she travelled with Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. 

Haywood's store teamed up with Cameco to send their staff — which also includes Elsa from Frozen and Belle from Beauty and the Beast — to brighten the day of young evacuee.

On July 7, they visited children at the Cold Lake, Alta. shelter.

Cameco, with help from other local companies including West Wind Aviation, is taking a travelling kids carnival and supplies for families to several locations this week.

Haywood and company will be in Regina during the morning and early afternoon on July 9, followed by Saskatoon later in the afternoon.

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