Family’s Letters to Santa mailbox spreads Christmas magic with replies to each child

One family’s Letters to Santa mailbox is spreading Christmas cheer to children far and near.

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Shawna and Gregg Calvert’s Letters to Santa mailbox in Bolingbrook, Ill., is spreading Christmas cheer to children far and near.

Shawna and Gregg Calvert of Bolingbrook, Illinois, are acting as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, handwriting replies to each child who drops off a letter.

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Shawna and Gregg Calvert of Bolingbrook, Illinois, are handwriting replies to each child who drops off a letter in their magical Christmas mailbox.

“The best part is seeing the expressions on the kiddos’ faces — such precious, happy smiles,” Shawna Calvert, 47, told ABC News.

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Dylann Dutton peeks inside the magical Letters to Santa mailbox.

This is the first year the Calverts have had their homemade Christmas mailbox on display, and she said it’s been “such a blessing.”

“When we got our first letter, we were in tears, honestly,” said Calvert.

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Austin Falli drops off his letter with his daddy holding him up to the mailbox.
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The Calverts’ neighbor, little Piper Falli, was excited to drop off her letter to Santa.
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Piper Falli wrote that she wanted a princess scooter from Santa in her letter.

The idea was inspired by a similar mailbox she and her husband, Gregg Calvert, had seen for purchase last year, but didn’t buy because they were worried the store version wouldn’t be sturdy enough to withstand the winter weather.

“This year, a couple weeks ago, he looks at me and said, ‘I’m going to build that mailbox,’” Calvert said of her husband. “He started investigating poles and boxes and colors and hardware. Before too long he had filled up my Amazon cart filled up. We’ve got a very talented neighbor who was able to match the font and we had the thing built in under three days.”

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MJ Koutsky asked for a new puppy in his letter to Santa.in her letter.

The festive family has been averaging about 20 letters a day from children in their neighborhood, as well as from other states, but now that word has started to…

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