When Jim Glaub moved into his Chelsea apartment some years ago, he was told by the previous tenants that for some reason that address received letters to Santa every year. And they were right, because Jim, along with his husband, Dylan, started getting a handful of letters to Santa around Christmastime the first few years they were in the apartment.
And for the first few years, they just shrugged it off… didn’t really think much of it. But then, there was the Christmas of 2010. And that year, the couple received about 450 letters to Santa. They still didn’t know why their address had been targeted as Santa’s home, but one thing they DID realize while going through all of the letters is that every one of them came from areas near them… like the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan. And they all seemed to be from children in families in need.
Jim and Dylan wanted to help. So they spread the word on social media, they told their families and friends. And soon after, a short film was made on them and their plight. And with that kind of help, the couple was able to answer 150 of those letters. And NOW, even though Jim and Dylan have long since moved out of the apartment, the letters continue to arrive there. And every holiday, they do their best to make sure wishes from each letter are fulfilled. They can do this because people from all over the world help them answering the letters.
Says Jim: “It’s just so strange! It’s caused this global effort! 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. Why would a woman from Abu Dhabi care about some family from Corona, Queens? It’s amazing.”
Some of those who answer the letters personally fulfill all of the requests, while some help with some of the requests. Why would anyone do this? Jim’s husband Dylan may have the answer.
Says Dylan: “Perhaps it’s just from getting older since the project started, but I’ve learned that contributing to something greater than ourselves — even if it is something unknown — leads to far more happiness and sense of purpose than solely focusing on our own desires.”
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