Her Happy Place: King’s Point girl gets bedroom remodelled through Make-A-Wish Canada

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When Nikita Toms hears a knock on the front door of her King’s Point home, there are a couple of things it could mean.

The first is that it could be the courier dropping off a Christmas gift. The second thing it could be is another courier delivering a piece of her four-year-old daughter Peyton’s Make-A-Wish bedroom makeover.

Sometimes, the courier shows up with a mixture of both. When that happens, Nikita is always sure to separate gifts from makeover items.

Either way, they’re both equally welcomed by the youngest Toms.

“It’s exciting to her,” said Nikita.

Pieces for the bedroom renovation have been coming for the past month.

The makeover includes a new bedroom set, the repainting of walls with a giant rainbow — Peyton’s aunt and uncle are painting her room — and a host of other upgrades to reflect her love of unicorns and rainbows.

Make-A-Wish Canada breaks wishes down into three categories. There are travel wishes, celebrity wishes and item wishes.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still going strong, the travel and celebrity wish categories became impossible to fulfill.

Some of the children making those wishes chose to wait until they could travel again to make them happen, while others switched their wishes to item wishes.

“Some of the wishes have been reimagined,” said Dave Walsh, development co-ordinator with Make-A-Wish Canada in St. John’s.

The pandemic meant a shift in the way Make-A-Wish Canada does things. Normally, the foundation would have a team that would assemble and makeover a gift like Peyton’s.

However, for safety reasons, the foundation has been sending the items to the family and having them assemble it themselves.

“We’ve been forced to do things at a distance,” said Walsh.

Make-A-Wish Canada is fulfilling three other wishes in addition to Peyton’s in the province.

The other three are all video game-related. All are currently receiving pieces of their gifts.

“It’s kind of nice, too,” said Walsh. “They feel like Christmas wishes.”

Peyton was one of those who decided to reimagine her wish. A big Disney fan, she had originally wished to visit Disneyland, but that wasn’t possible under current conditions.

With travel a no-go, the young girl gave it some thought and decided she wanted a bedroom makeover with an emphasis on two things in particular.

“She wanted anything to do with rainbows and unicorns,” said Nikita.

Peyton finished two years of chemotherapy to shrink a benign tumour on her jaw that was the size of a baseball in February 2018.

Then, her parents Nikita and Jake, marvelled at her strength as she did three chemo sessions a month and 72 treatments over the two years.

“She was a lot stronger than we were,” said Nikita.

Seeing the bedroom slowly come together with the help of the family has been great for her parents.

And, obviously, for Peyton. As pieces of the room continue to trickle in, the family hopes to have everything assembled in the next couple of weeks.

“(Peyton) well deserves it,” said Nikita.

Nicholas Mercer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Central Voice