Des Peres officer treats young accident victim to day of pampering

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KPLR) - Everyone needs a special day every now and then. A little boost when skies are grey. For six-year-old Makenzie Ruebel, that day was Wednesday.

“It's so important, boosting little girl's self-confidence and making them feel really special and glamorous and to have a great day. So we picked her up in a pink limo,” said Jennifer LoGrasso, owner of Sweet & Sassy.

Mackenzie's mid-morning makeover came courtesy of Des Peres public safety officer Michael Clayborne.

“We were in a tragic car accident on August 15 and my six-year-old daughter Makenzie was paralyzed because she broke her back,” said Jennifer Ruebel, Makenzie’s Mom.

Clayborne said he saw Makenzie’s story on Facebook and reached out to her mother.

“…I want to do something special for the little girl to know that there's people in this world that care about tragic things that happen,” he said.

So Wednesday, she had a shopping spree at West County Mall, followed by lunch, and finally The Peanuts Movie at the Wehrenberg Theatre.

Clayborne has come to know the Reubels, stopping for visits at Ranken Jordan Children’s Hospital and helping with an upcoming fundraiser on November 21 at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson.

But it's today's work that made a difference for Makenzie and her family.

“It's made my daughter's day,” says Ruebel. “I haven't seen her smile like this in awhile. And the love that everyone has shown us has been incredible."