Forget Santa, send her some mail this Holiday season instead!
Like a majority of 9-year-olds in North America right now, Hailey Rodenhiser is eagerly awaiting December 25… but unlike her peers, she’s not actually in it for the presents.
Unfortunately, Hailey has been going through chemotherapy ever since she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia back in 2014 — but one Christmas tradition seems to be the best medicine for the tween:
Receiving Christmas cards!!!
According to her mother, Juanita Rodenhiser, getting random acts of kindness from strangers high off the holiday spirit not only brings joy to the world… it literally makes Hailey feel better, too.
The Nova Scotia-based family first started asking for 2016 letters back in November, but they explained their two-year-long tradition to CTV on Wednesday, saying:
“It’s a tough time of year. It’s tough on everybody within the family… I just had to do something to bring her around and get her smiling and get her cheerfulness back. I thought it would be a nice way to lift her spirits and get her to realize that there are a lot of people that are rooting for her to get better.”
But what exactly does Hailey do with the letters?
“She just lights up. She grins. She smiles from ear to ear. She’s so excited to see how many cards she’s got and who they’re from. She opens every one and reads them to us.”
We hear she even sometimes writes back if she’s feeling up to it!
Ch-ch-check out Juanita’s Facebook message (below) for more details on how you can help!!!
Happy Holidays, Hailey!!!