Former mailman trying to find Candy W.

Writer of heartbreaking 1993 Dear Santa letter sought by former mailman

Tom Hurst hopes to hear from Candy W., girl who asked Santa to have her family stop fighting

CBC News Posted: Dec 18, 2015 1:31 PM AT Last Updated: Dec 18, 2015 2:04 PM AT

 Tom Hurst letter

The letter is dated Dec. 6, 1993. (Tom Hurst/Facebook)

A former letter carrier has turned to Facebook trying to find the writer of a heartbreaking letter to Santa 22 years ago that he’s never forgotten, one in which the writer asks Santa to get her family to stop fighting.

“It was just so soft, so tender and so painful,” Tom Hurst told CBC’s Maritime Noon.

When he worked as a letter carrier in Halifax, he was one of the people who would respond to the letters that were mailed to Santa Claus. It was a fun task until one day in 1993, when he received a letter signed Candy W.

Her first request was not for a specific present, but to see her father. Then she asked Santa to get her family to stop fighting.

“Well anyway there are a few things I hope you can grant. They are to see if you can send me my dad or if you can’t do that then I would like a grape escape game or some thing like that or Dreem phone or you can just bring a card or some thing like that,” said the letter, dated Dec. 6, 1993.

Tom Hurst letter

The letter is simply signed Candy W. (Tom Hurst/Facebook)

Candy W. says that she will be leaving cookies and milk for Santa Claus, and that she hopes he and the “alfes are ready four Christmas.”

Then she had one last request for him.

“And if you can squees something in four me if you can make my family stop fighting four me thank you,” Candy W. wrote.

“No kid should have to go through that,” said Hurst.

The letter was quite different from others that were sent to Santa, Hurst said. While some were written by parents, the ones from kids usually had a “gimme” tone, where kids were just asking for the newest toys.

‘I wonder whether she thought Santa forgot her’

Hurst lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., and is no longer a mail carrier — but the letter has stayed with him.

Each Christmas, he displays it on his mantle.




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