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- Randy Heiss, 60, discovered a Christmas list written by an eight-year-old Mexican girl attached to a balloon in Patagonia, Arizona.
- The balloon had traveled more than 20 miles over the border from Nogales, Sonora, in Mexico.
- Heiss connected with the girl’s mother through Facebook and bought the girl and her sister Christmas gifts.
An Arizona man fulfilled an 8-year-old Mexican girl’s Christmas wishes after finding her gift list attached to a balloon that had flown over the border.
Randy Heiss, 60, found the handwritten list, which included requests for paint, clothes, and toys, in Patagonia, local NBC affiliate 12 News reported.
Upon having his wife translate the note, Heiss learned that the girl’s name was at the bottom of the note, and that it had flown more than 20 miles from Nogales, Sonora, in Mexico.
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“I saw the little note on the bottom of the ribbon and I said, “Oh I got to take a picture of that,'” Heiss told 12 News. “Then I unfolded the note and I saw that it was written in Spanish from a little girl named Dayami.”
Heiss was determined to find the little girl and fulfill her Christmas wishes before the holiday.
He posted about the note on Facebook, asking a Sonoran radio station to share it in hopes of connecting with the family.
Someone who knew the family tagged the girl’s mother on the Facebook post and Heiss and his wife went to work.
They went to Walmart bought the gifts on Dayami’s list, as well as few things for her 4-year-old sister, Ximena,> then delivered them to Mexico, according to The Washington Post.
The families met at the local radio station, XENY, where Dayami’s parents told Heiss and his wife that their daughter had sent Christmas lists in a balloon every year, but this was the first time anyone had fulfilled her wishes.
Heiss and his wife told Dayami and her sister that they were Santa’s helpers, and said finding the balloon was a “miracle.”
“We lost our son nine years ago,” Heiss said. “So we don’t have grandchildren in our future and so really getting to share Christmas with kids was something that’s been missing in our lives.”
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