The mailbox that makes wishes come true

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - We are just a few days removed from Halloween and Thanksgiving is about three weeks away, but the magic of the Christmas season is also beginning to glow here in our neck of the woods, including a special program that will make some wishes come true.

Six-year-old Hailey wants to make sure Santa Claus gets her letter early.

When KSFY News caught up with her, she was putting her letter in a special mailbox at the Empire Mall Macy's store.

And that mailbox truly has the power to make wishes come true.

"It's the spirit of the holidays, which I think is outstanding," Lynn Otis with Macy's said.

Otis said the mailbox is part of the store's annual campaign for 11 years now called "Believe," which turns letters to Santa into money with a purpose.

"For every letter that goes in either our big red mailbox or at macys.com, up to a million dollars, we'll donate $1 for every letter written to Santa," she said.

One dollar for one letter, nationwide, with the potential of raising $1 million for Make-A-Wish and to give kids who could sure use it -- a little bit of happiness.

"I can't think of a better way to involve our communities and our state by asking them to come in and let us know what they're hoping for for Christmas, all in an effort to make wishes come true," Sue Salter with Make-A-Wish said.

Wishes for kids like Hailey, who was born with Spina bifida. She wanted to go to Disney, and she is going next month, thanks to Make-A-Wish.

"Make-A-Wish exists on donations, on people giving from their heart," Hailey's mother Christa Bauman said.

Bauman said she is humbled by the fact that Make-A-Wish can do what it does because people and businesses are willing to help out -- an example of making sure the holiday spirit involved a spirit of giving.

"The kindness of all the people who make Make-A-Wish a possibility," Bauman said.

People can drop off letters to Santa at the Empire Mall Macy's beginning Friday.