When builder Lewis Shaw was working on a home remodel in Caversham, England, he and his crew discovered an old letter stuck inside the chimney of the home. It was a letter written to Santa Claus by a little boy named David over 60 years ago.
Shaw posted the story about his discovery to Facebook, where it gained the attention of local media stations.
Shaw, 24, told ABC News, “We plan on giving the note back. I think that note means something to him because that house [where we found the letter] is his family home.”
The letter read: “Dear Father Christmas,
Please can you send me Rupert Annual and a drum,box of chalk, soldiers and Indians, slippers, silk tie, pencil box, any little toys you have to spare.
Shaw told the news outlet, “We also got all the presents on the list and made up a box to give it to him.”
He was able to track down the young boy-now 78-year-old man, who lived at the home by speaking with neighbors that had lived there since the 1930’s.
“We found him with the help of the old lady next door. He now lives on the other side of Reading in Tilehurst and the local online paper Get Reading has arranged for us to meet him tomorrow.”
He added, “It will hopefully be special for him.” He was right! It was!
The team of builders met with David and his wife. David recalled to Get Reading, “It has been a very long time since I sent this list, but it has definitely been worth the wait, it’s amazing really. I am quite excited to open them now but I will have to wait until December 25, if I can. It was war time when I sent this. I can remember bending down with my mother and putting it up the chimney, and waiting for the draught to take it up.”