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Queen Elsa teaching people to ‘let it go’ and be themselves

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Carmen Lynn always loved playing princess with her niece.

Their favorite portrayal was of sisters Elsa and Anna from Frozen.

Lynn took on the role of Elsa and after a while, she decided to bring the Queen of Arendelle to others in the community.

"I did it for one of my coworker's birthday parties and it just became a big hit," Lynn said.

So big, Lynn has turned it into a new career.

She offers services to people in the area to come to their kid's birthday party as Queen Elsa.

It's an extensive package to help kids feel like they are being welcomed into Disney royalty.

"We do the coronation ceremony and then after that we do a book reading or we have a sing along or we have games. Pin the nose on Olaf or we can do reindeer games which is where we have a big stuffed Sven and we throw him around like hot potato," Lynn said

“I feel like that there's not enough magic and positive things in the world. I feel like kids still need to be able to believe in that."

Once the new princes and princesses are done with official business, and maybe building a snowman, they sit down to hear stories of the history of their new kingdom.

Being able to play the part is rewarding for Lynn as she embodies someone who is such an idol for young kids.

"I just want to make sure the birthday prince or princess feels special and that they just know that they are loved," Lynn said

The spread of magic and wonder isn't exclusive to birthday parties.

Queen Elsa also makes regular trips to see people with Mosaic Rockford.

She enjoys being able to put a smile on their face and make them feel as special as anyone else.

"I go and read to them while they wait to get their hair cut. I am also going to their Valentine's Day dance. I surprised them at their Christmas celebration," Lynn said.

"Sometimes they don't have a voice of their own so I feel like going there and surprising them, it brings them joy."

Leaders at Mosaic Rockford love the effort Lynn puts in for its members.

They see her as a shining light to help brighten up their day.

"We go through so much in today’s life and it's nice to have someone that the first thing you see makes you happy and it’s joyful and that’s Queen Elsa and she brings that out in all of us," Mosaic Rockford Community Relations Manager Tammy English said.

What started as a fun idea has come a long way for Lynn.

Most young girls, including Lynn as a child, dreamed of being a princess.

Now, she's living that dream while helping others in the community feel the same fantasy.

"I wish that when I was younger I had somebody that could come out and be the little mermaid," Lynn said.

"It teaches them really great things and Elsa stands for a lot of positive things like just being yourself."

You can learn more about how to have Queen Elsa stop by your next party or event by clicking here.

Evan Leake

Evan Leake anchors for 13 News Today and 13 News at Noon. Evan grew up in Darien, Illinois, a south-west suburb of Chicago. He came to WREX in 2017 and worked his way to the anchor desk in May of 2019. He coordinates both the Teacher of the Week and Inspiring 815 series for 13 News. You can connect with Evan at eleake@wrex.com or Evan Leake on Facebook.

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