Did you ever wonder what happens to all those letters to Santa Claus kids drop in the mailbox each December?
A few years ago, I found the answer. Through “Operation: Letters to Santa,” USPS employees and volunteers helped Santa write back to as many children as possible.
I volunteered to help Santa write to children for many years. As I sipped hot chocolate and scarfed down Christmas cookies, I’d gingerly open letter after letter to the big fella.
Some were hopeful (“…please, please, PLEASE bring me an American Girl Doll!”). Some were skeptical (“…I know I’m not supposed to believe in you still…”). Some were heartbreaking (“My dad is in jail. I don’t want any presents…just let him come home.”).
Oh, how I wanted to grant each one’s wish!
Thanks to the Macy’s department store’s “Believe” campaign, we can help grant children’s wishes in a magical way. Now through Christmas Eve, Macy’s is encouraging believers of all ages to write letters to Santa and drop them in the Santa Mail letterbox at any Macy’s store. Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for each letter it receives – up to $1 million.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
My 4-year-old, Riley, and I dropped off our letter this week – addressed to the North Pole, naturally. In Charlotte, you can deliver your letters to Macy’s locations at NorthLake Mall or SouthPark Mall.
Now that I’m all grown up, I have a million reasons to believe in the magic of Christmas. I’m blessed to have a 4-year-old son who believes in Santa and in helping boys and girls less fortunate than him. He’s my Christmas gift – the reason I believe in Santa Claus.
Now, Santa, about that trip to Hawaii I’ve been asking for…