LIHUE — Nestled in the keiki section of Macy’s among the clothes and toys is a large, bright red letter box.
But it’s no ordinary letter box. Mail placed in this box will be sent directly to Santa Claus himself. And if you’re worried about it getting to Santa, never fear — letters to Santa are written on a postcard preprinted with Mr. Claus’ address at the North Pole.
For the ninth year in a row, Macy’s and the Make-a-Wish Foundation are teaming up for the Believe Campaign, installing letter boxes in participating Macy’s stores, where believers of all ages can send letters to Santa.
For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, helping the organization grant the wishes of children who suffer from life-threatening conditions.
Letters to Santa can also be sent electronically at social.macys.com/believe.
The campaign was launched last week and will run through Christmas Eve.
On Nov. 4, Harper, a Kapaa keiki who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, dropped the first letter of the season in the letter box in the Macy’s at Kukui Grove, said Megan Tsuchida, a spokeswoman for Macy’s.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation hopes to make Harper’s wish of going on the Trans-Siberian Express Train come true, Tsuchida said.
To date, Macy’s has donated $100 million to the foundation, which represents about three wishes granted every day for the past 13 years, and more than 2.4 million people impacted in total by wishes that Macy’s has helped grant, including wish kids and their families, volunteers, community groups, nurses and doctors, according to a release.