Kind stranger across the border finds 8YO Mexican girl's Christmas wishlist in a balloon and makes her wish come true

Kind stranger across the border finds 8YO Mexican girl's Christmas wishlist in a balloon and makes her wish come true

Randy Heiss was hiking in Arizona when he saw the remains of a balloon with a special note attached.

Little did one Arizona man know what was about to happen when he found the remnants of a balloon in Patagonia, a town near the U.S.-Mexico border. Randy Heiss was hiking with his dog Feliz when he saw the latex pieces and decided to throw them away. But then, he noticed that the balloon’s string was attached to a piece of paper. One side of the note read: “Dayami” and on the other was a numbered list written in Spanish.



“My Spanish isn’t very good, but I could see it was a Christmas list,” Heiss recalled to The Washington Post. The note meant something special to Heiss even though he didn't know the person who wrote it. When he was a child himself, he had written letters to Santa and sent them through balloons. Nobody had ever returned the letters Heiss had sent but perhaps things could be different for the child who wrote this particular note. 



Heiss' wife translated the list from a girl named Dayami who had asked Santa for art supplies, slime, a doll, and a dollhouse, among other things. But there were no contact details on the piece of paper. “It really touched my heart to find it and I said, ‘Well, how in the heck am I going to be able to figure out how to make contact with this little girl and make her wishes come true?'” Heiss told NBC affiliate KVOA in Tucson. So Heiss did the next best thing: he posted it on social media. When that didn't work, he got help from Radio XENY, a station in Nogales. When the station shared the story on Facebook, within an hour they got an answer: Dayami lived in Nogales, 20 miles to the southwest, just across the border.



The couple decided to meet Dayami and bought most of the items she had asked for (except for the “Enchantimals” dollhouse which was sold out). Later, they found out that she had a younger sister, four-year-old Ximena, and bought her some toys as well. The radio station told NBC News that Heiss and his wife were finally able to meet Dayami and her family. Heiss told the Today show that it brought him "healing joy" to see the children's happy faces. “Love has no borders," he said. "That wall melted away for the day.” It was an emotional day for the couple. “We lost our son nine years ago,” Heiss told KVOA. “So we don’t have grandchildren in our future and so really getting to share Christmas with kids was something that’s been missing in our lives.” What an incredible story!



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