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The Surprising Way Responding to Letters to Santa Became a Family Tradition
What started out as a typical Christmas decoration quickly turned into a beautiful way to put a smile on children's faces during the holiday season.
After one family put out a mailbox labeled, "Santa's Mail North Pole," they weren't surprised when they started finding letters to Santa from children in town. What they didn't anticipate, though, is that they would receive hundreds of messages from kids who believe.
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Rich Lindsay, a city Parks Department worker in Edmonds, WA, opened the mailbox and was shocked when he saw exactly how many envelopes were in it. He informed his wife, Lana, and stepdaughter, Janine Harles, of the build-up, and they knew that the cards couldn't just be left there.
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So his wife decided to respond to each and every card they received in the mailbox from then on. That was more than 20 years ago, and she replied to each card up until she passed away from cancer.
This inspired Harles to take up her late mother's tradition and start responding to the letters each year herself, with the aid of a few helpers she recruited over the past 15 years. The crew of Santa's helpers replies to up to 500 letters each year, just to brighten children's days during the holidays.
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