One couple has opened up about mistakingly being sent thousands of letters to Santa every year, and what they’ve done in response is heartwarming.
The letters are heartbreaking. Keep scrolling for the full story…
Thank goodness Christmas is coming!
Because we all know that 2021 has truly been a bizarre year.
We’re all excited for that visit from Santa…
In fact, many kids will have already sent their letters off!
The problem is, Santa’s address is something of a mystery …
Many of his letters have been addressed and posted – accidentally, of course – to a couple in New York.
Jim Glaub and Dylan Parker are inundated each year.
The couple recently revealed that, over the last ten years, they have answered over 2,000 of the letters addressed to Santa Claus that had been mistakenly delivered to their apartment.
They live on 22nd Street in Manhattan, New York.
The letters were mostly written by kids and their families struggling through the holidays.
Their heartbreaking requests to Santa included; asking for food, blankets, and shoes, with some saying they couldn’t even afford a turkey on Christmas Day.
But both felt compelled to answer the letters and, at one point, even got their friends and family in on it too.
Talking to UK’s BBC Radio 4, he said:
“We have a lot of families that have come out and said we could use a little miracle too so hopefully soon we will be crossing the pond.”
They believe the letters arrive because Clement Clarke Moore who wrote the poem The Night Before Christmas used to live nearby.
He said: “The gentlemen who’d lived there a few years before us had said ‘these letters to Santa are going to come – only a couple – but just so you know, it happens.'”
But it was far more than a couple of letters.
Jim explained: “In 2010 we got one letter that came in, then a couple more. By the end of November, we were at hundreds. In December it was over 400, it was quite alarming.”
But now they’ve embraced it.
At the start, the couple opened a few to try and grasp where they were coming from and why.
Some kids were so hungry that they asked for Santa to bring them food.
“Santa I would be extremely grateful if you can send my brother something. He’s 15. Please don’t worry about me this year. I just want my brother to have a good Christmas. Our mom is not in our life. Our grandfather is raising us the best he can,” one letter said.
“My brother is taking things the hardest. Last year we ate at a soup kitchen. Please Santa, not this year too.”
But what do the pair do with all these letters?
“We threw a 1960s vintage holiday party and what ended up happening is that people saw a big stack of letters in the front of the room.”
“It just sort of snapped, and I thought, ‘Oh we’re going to get people to fulfill these.’ People wanted to help.”
And, over the last ten years, the group has managed to respond to over 2,000 letters!
He said: “We lived there for 2 years and were so thrilled by the outpouring of support from people in the UK.”
Although they still have no idea why the letters are addressed to that apartment.
“As it’s progressed I’ve cared about that less and less and been more like, is there an expectation here? What do we need to do?”
What a truly fabulous reaction. We bet they’ve really made so many kids’ Christmases!