Iowa Couple Gives Santa a Helping Hand


A couple from Iowa has answered Christmas letters from children for the fourth consecutive year.

Austin Charlton, Bryce, and Austin Charlton started the season at their Grimes home a bit early. There is a special mailbox on their front yard that serves as a conduit to the North Pole.

“We really want this to take off, not for us, not for the publicity, just for the joy it brings,”Bryce Charlton. “We got about 130 letters the first year, over 400 the second year, and about 180 last year,”He stated.

“Rhode Island, Vermont and a lot of them were local,”Bryce stated.

Austin chimed in that letters also come from, “Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, New York … So it’s really cool to see people here spreading it out to other states,”He stated.

The couple have a special little helper this season, a 2-year-old son they adopted earlier this year.

“I think he would love it when he gets older to realize what we’ve put into helping Santa,”Austin said.

The address for Santa’s Iowa mailbox is 100 NE 22nd Circle in Grimes, 50111.

The deadline to receive a specialized response is Dec. 18.

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