While most children are gearing up to send their Christmas wishlists off to the North Pole, a little boy in the U.K. was busy penning a more somber type of letter — one to his father in heaven.
Teri Copland wrote on Facebook that her 7-year-old son, Jase, recently asked her if he could send a note to his late father, James Hyndman, via the Royal Mail, a British courier company.
"Mr. Postman," the handwritten envelope read. "Can you please take this to heaven for my dads birthday, thanks."
The boy's mother dutifully sent the letter, not expecting any sort of response — but Copland said what her son received in return "restored (her) faith in humanity."
Jase was sent a letter by Sean Milligan, an Assistant Office Manager at the Royal Mail, on Nov. 28, explaining that the letter he sent to his father had, in fact, been delivered.
"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," Milligan wrote to the young boy. "This was a difficult challenge avoiding stars and other galactic objects on route to heaven. However, please be assured that this particular of mail has been delivered."
"Royal Mail's priority is to get our customers' mail delivered safely," the note concluded. "I know how important your mail is to you. I will continue to do all I can to ensure delivery to heaven safely."
Milligan immediately took to Facebook to share her gratitude over the kind gesture. At the time of publication, her post has already been shared over 250,000 times and racked up nearly 50,000 comments from people around the world.
"A few weeks ago my 7 year old [sic] son posted this card to his dad in heaven and today he got a lovely reply from the postman," she wrote on Facebook. "I actually cannot state how emotional he is knowing his dad got his card... you didn’t have to make the effort to do this you could have just ignored it but the fact that yous [sic] 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 greatful [sic] we are," she added.