Delaware family helps deliver letters to Santa
DAGSBORO, Del. – Santa Claus is coming to town. But before he gets here it’s our job to make sure he knows what to bring. That’s where a Sussex County family’s brilliant idea comes into focus. It’s a plan to get the man, in the big red suit, letters from kids on Delmarva.
“I’m on the nice list because I’ve been really good this year…My room is really clean and I almost always made my bed…I hope it snows this year,” says Sean Malone as he reads from letters sent to Santa. “You can send them across the United States or in a different country and we’ll still get your letters to Santa Claus.”
For the second year, Sean Malone and his family are making sure every letter written to Santa gets to the North Pole.
“We do get them to Santa Claus. So everyone who drops off letters will get a letter returned back from Santa Claus,” says Malone. “Our bird, Pepper, flies the letters every night. Every letter that we get out of our mailbox, he flies them straight to the North Pole. Every night. He’s a tired little bird when he gets back.”
Sean decided he wanted to help Santa after seeing letters in the mail while working for the post office. “We know that there’s a lot of issues out in the world right now and I think this is just something good to give back,” says Malone.
Malone reads more of the letters, “I bet you would be wondering what I want for Christmas…Legos, a bike, board games for boys not for girls.”
“We started getting letters that just weren’t from kids. It was from families that were in need of certain things. And it wasn’t just kids. It was moms and dads,” says Malone.
The idea took off. Now in its second year, the Delaware family has created a winter wonderland right outside their home.
“It’s magical for them. Last year we just had the one pavilion set up. This year we have a big facade and the kids can come in and interact,” says Malone.
It’s all part of the holiday season, a little slice of magic right in Dagsboro. “There’s just a magical twinkle in his eye that he can just make the oldest person have their childhood come right out,” says Malone.
“I hope you have safe travels on your sleigh around the world…We will have our milk and cookies ready for your big night and something to eat for your reindeer too,” says Malone as he reads some of the letters sent to Santa.
The Malone family says that mailbox is always out even after the holidays because it’s important to make sure Santa’s letters are always delivered.
You can visit the mailbox at 2 Windward Way, Dagsboro, DE 19939. If you can’t make it to the mailbox in person, you can also mail your letters to that same address to make sure they get to Santa.
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