Last Week on Thanksgiving morning, my amazing mama hosted a donation based yoga class. I actually wasn't really paying attention to what it was we were donating towards until I actually arrived at the class. I was just happy to get my pre-Turkey day yoga on.
Right before class began, my mama introduced Kristina Malone, who is the creator and founder of Santas Letters. She went on to explain that when her husband worked for the post office, she found him one day responding to a pile of letters. He told her that the letters were sent to Santa and he had, for fun, taken it upon himself to respond the the letters, as he knew that they would otherwise go unanswered. Loving this idea, she joined him in his quest to respond back to as many letters as possible.
What they discovered was that many of the letters contained very simple requests. Sometimes the most basic items were needed, such as toothbrushes and winter coats. Sometimes it was a request to help make a sick parent well again. As you can imagine, this could be heartbreaking to read and not really be able to do anything about it.
However, Kristina and Sean were determined to make something happen. So, in just the past few months, they have officially launched Santas Letters, Inc. Posting a mailbox outside of their own home, people can come and drop off letters to Santa in a clearly marked envelope! Santa himself will then reply and each child will receive a letter back. And to take it even further, Kristina and Sean are making it a point to help in as many practical ways as possible! Whether it is a winter coat, money for utility bills or a single present under the Christmas tree, they are making it their mission to surround their community and those who need support this season a priority. In fact, on their site they say "Hundred of Local families need our help, and it begins with our community".
I knew the moment that I heard Kristina speak about Santas Letters and what they were doing that I wanted to connect her with Supportful and get a Care Page set up. What they are doing is truly in alignment with what we are also creating and so I am incredibly proud to share their page:
Please visit Supportful.com/SantasLetters to make a donation or purchase a gift that has been requested in a child's letter.
I love so much that this collaboration happened because of a yoga class. I love that when we take time to support each other in small and simple ways, it creates a ripple effect. One letter at a time, one breath at a time, one supportful action at a time, we all have the power to make an impact.
is a Mama, Wife, Teacher, Writer and Creator of One OM at a time. She has been teaching and studying yoga since 2008 and has taught at studios in Syracuse, Boston and New York City. For two years her hOMe was wherever she, her husband Justin, their daughter Audrey and pug Oscar find themselves as they traveled for Justin's job on the national tour of Matilda the Musical. This way of living has really taught Sara that yoga and mediation requires nothing more than some time and a space for your mat. You can find Sara teaching regular classes in NYC, workshops and retreats all over the country as well as in her very own online studio right here!