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

PHOTO: Austin Falli drops off his letter with his daddy holding him up to the mailbox. PlayShawna Calvert/Letters to Santa Mail Station
WATCH 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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PHOTO: Shawna and Gregg Calverts Letters to Santa mailbox in Bolingbrook, Ill., is spreading Christmas cheer to children far and near. Shawna Calvert/Letters to Santa Mail Station
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.

PHOTO: Shawna and Gregg Calvert of Bolingbrook, Illinois, are handwriting replies to each child who drops off a letter in their magical Christmas mailbox.Shawna Calvert/Letters to Santa Mail Station
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.

PHOTO: Dylann Dutton peeks inside the magical Letters to Santa mailbox.Shawna Calvert/Letters to Santa Mail Station
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.

PHOTO: Austin Falli drops off his letter with his daddy holding him up to the mailbox. Shawna Calvert/Letters to Santa Mail Station
Austin Falli drops off his letter with his daddy holding him up to the mailbox.

PHOTO: The Calverts neighbor, little Piper Falli, was excited to drop off her letter to Santa.Shawna Calvert/Letters to Santa Mail Station
The Calverts' neighbor, little Piper Falli, was excited to drop off her letter to Santa.

PHOTO: Piper Falli wrote that she wanted a princess scooter from Santa in her letter.Shawna Calvert/Letters to Santa Mail Station
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.”

PHOTO: MJ Koutsky asked for a new puppy in his letter to Santa.in her letter.Shawna Calvert/Letters to Santa Mail Station
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 spread, “we're going to have to hire more elves to write letters!,” Calvert wrote to ABC News on Facebook.

PHOTO: The Calverts are acting as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, handwriting replies to each child who drops off a letter.Shawna Calvert/Letters to Santa Mail Station
The Calverts are acting as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, handwriting replies to each child who drops off a letter.

She said the children receiving the handwritten letters from Santa aren’t the only ones getting something special out of this kind deed, though.

“It’s been such a delight,” said Calvert. “It’s not been a burden at all. It’s been a real privilege. My teenagers have been helping write return letters. They go through and pick the ones they want to do. They’ll read them and feel a connection with them, so that’s been a neat part of it -- the benefit of sitting down and connecting with family. It’s been really, really nice.”

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