Christmas destiny: Little girl’s letter to Santa falls out of sky into special hands

When a Southern California kindergarten class released balloons in the air with their Christmas wish list attached, one little girl’s didn’t quite make it to the North Pole as intended — but she nonetheless got her wish in a very unexpected way.

The balloon, released from Chula Vista, only made it about 15 miles to San Diego where it descended toward Terry Hardin, who was on his way home, according to San Diego Fox 5 News.

“It was from some young lady, a 5-year-old named Joie,” Hardin said.

The note read: “Dear Santa, I would like to have a mermaid doll with a bow for Christmas. Thank you, Love Joie.”

What made this special for Hardin was that his mother, who had died a little over a year earlier, was also named Joie — and she spelled it in exactly the same way, not “Joy” as we normally see.

Watch what happened next on this Fox-5 News report.

Of course, the story wouldn’t be complete unless we showed you Joie receiving her mermaid with a bow — hand-delivered by Hardin, her own personal Santa.


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