Couple Works To Fulfill Letters Addressed To Santa Received At New York Apartment
For one reason or another, one Manhattan apartment on 22nd Street has been receiving letters from children year after year that are addressed to Santa Claus. A few years back, one couple started trying to fulfill the wishes of the children who wrote those letters, and continue to do so even after moving out.
When Dylan Parker first moved into that special apartment, he would only receive a handful of letters each year, just as the previous tenants told him would happen. “I’d get three letters and I didn’t really think anything of it. I was like, ‘Oh, sorry — wrong number,'” he explains.
However, by 2010, after Parker’s now husband Jim Glaub moved into the apartment, the number of letters started to increase exponentially. By Christmas of that year, the couple had received more than 400 letters addressed to Santa Claus.
At that point, there were too many letters to ignore. Recognizing that nearly all the letters came from their New York addresses, the couple knew they had to do something. “These were our neighbors in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan… these were our people,” Glaub says. “I just felt this need to help them.”
The couple spread word on social media and even had their story picked up by the New York Times. That year, they were able to give gifts to 150 of the more than 400 children who sent letters. But in the years since, Glaub and Parker have endeavored to have the wish of every letter fulfilled.
Oddly enough, Glaub and Parker have moved out of the apartment and now live in London, but they remain committed to the project. Glaub stays in contact with the apartment’s current tenants, and with help from a Facebook page, he and Parker go to great lengths to ensure every child gets at least one of the gifts they ask for in their letter.
“It’s just so strange! It’s caused this global effort!” Glaub exclaims. “We’ve had people from Hawaii to Alaska, Germany to London, Nicaragua, Abu Dhabi, Tokyo — all helping. I guess that’s the power of social media.”
The couple say that even though they no longer live in the apartment, they have no intention of stopping the project they’ve started. “Now it’s gotten to the point where we can’t not do it,” Glaub says. “We have to do it. It’s just part of our lives.”
Those who want to get involved can visit the Facebook page. Of the 300 letters received this year, roughly 50 are yet to be fulfilled.