Jase Hyndman was only a toddler when his father passed away, but he still thinks of his dad every day and occasionally even writes him letters.
Jase and his 10-year-old sister, Neive, often think of ways to keep dad’s memory alive. On his father’s birthday, the 7-year-old wrote him a birthday card. In his childish handwriting, he scrawled a few words to the postman in hopes of getting the letter to his dad in heaven. He dropped the letter into a mailbox in his village of West Lothian, Scotland, and went on with his day.
”Mr Postman, can you take this to Heaven for my dad’s birthday. Thanks,” the front of Jase’s note read.
We’re not sure if Jase ever expected to get a reply, but a few weeks later a letter appeared in his mailbox that left the boy and his family gobsmacked. The return note was written by Sean Milligan, the assistant delivery office manager of the Royal Mail.
“Dear Jase,” the letter read. “While we’ve been delivering your post, we became aware of some concerns. So, I just wanted to take this opportunity to contact you about how we succeeded in the delivery of your letter, to your dad in Heaven. This was a difficult challenge avoiding stars and other galactic objects en route to Heaven.”
The letter continued:
“However, please be assured that this particular important item of mail has been delivered. Royal Mail’s priority is to get our customers’ mail delivered safely. I know how important your mail is to you. I will continue to do all I can to ensure delivery to Heaven safely.”
Jase was satisfied with the postman’s response, but his mother was even more impressed and moved than her children. Mom Teri Copland shared the letters on her Facebook page, expressing how much the gesture meant to her.
“I actually cannot state how emotional he is knowing his dad got his card…” Teri wrote. “You didn’t have to make the effort to do this you could have just ignored it but the fact that you have made the effort for a little boy you’ve never met is such a lovely thing to do.”
“Royal Mail you’ve just restored my faith in humanity and thank you it honestly means the world to him please share this so all the staff at Royal Mail know just how grateful we are.”
Hundreds of thousands of people shared Teri’s post, and the mom says this act of kindness left a tremendous impact on their lives. We hope that the kindness of others continues to comfort this grieving family as they mourn the loss of their father and husband. It’s nice to know that behind a government agency like the postal system there are tender-hearted humans going above and beyond to help others.
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