A Dallas woman found a letter to Santa containing a young girl's Christmas wishes for her family. She found the family -- living surprisingly close to her -- and was able to help them through the holiday season.
As of Wednesday, December 20, 2017
DALLAS — Michelle Lane and her mother were shopping at Safeway on Dec. 11 when they stumbled on a decorative “Letters to Santa” mailbox.
All I want for Christmas is Love Bella. I would love to have my family together and have fun. I have two sisters and two brothers. All they want is toys and clothes. I don’t care what I get for Christmas. No one is like you, Santa.
“My mom loves Christmas, so of course she wanted it,” Lane said. “We didn’t know if it was for sale or decoration. While I went to ask, she opened it and found this letter inside. I couldn’t just leave it behind.”
Lane was moved by the note from a young girl named Arianna, and took to the Dallas Community Facebook page to garner help in finding her and her family.
“We would really like to find this family and at the very least, write a letter back to the little girl,” she posted.
Less than 24 hours later, Lane had found the Sutton family, and they happened to be neighbors.
“We live across the street from each other,” Lane said. “I actually met her this summer.”
Lane and her parents try and “adopt” a family for Christmas each year. It so happened that the Suttons were having a tough time this holiday season.
“I asked her if they needed any help this Christmas,” Lane said. “I think they fell into our lap for a reason. It made me fell so good. I was so excited. We were meant to find this letter.”
Summer Sutton, Arianna’s mother, said her daughter doesn’t know anything about the journey her letter has taken.
“I’m going to wait so she can see her wishes are coming true, because she won’t even tell me what she wrote,” Summer said. “She said she won’t until her wishes come true.”
Summer expressed her gratitude on the Dallas Community Facebook page, thanking everyone who made it possible.
“I can’t express how appreciative I am for finding my daughter’s letter to Santa, that everyone has reached out,” she posted. “You have made this Christmas one of the best, and one I surely — and my family — will never forget.”
Summer said it showed the Christmas spirit and love found throughout the community.
“I was grateful (Arianna) put in her letter about her brothers and sisters or we may never have found them,” Lane said.