FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WKRN) – A North Carolina mother has started a letter-writing campaign for her 4-year-old son Wyatt after his father passed away suddenly in late January.
Despite being in grief counseling, Wyatt has had a difficult time dealing with the fact his father is gone.
When one of Wyatt’s mom’s friends suggested having friends send Wyatt cards of encouragement, Alysha Starling got a post office box for Wyatt at their local post office.
“It’s little. It’s the smallest one they have. I thought I would have to start sending mail myself,” Starling told WPVI-TV.
It remained a small endeavor until ABC 11 reporter Diane Wilson shared Wyatt’s campaign on her Facebook page.
Homemade cards, pictures made by children, stuffed animals, coloring books, stickers and toys began pouring in from all over the world.
Some even made things to help Wyatt keep his father’s memory close to his heart, like a pillowcase with pictures of his father on it.
Even celebrities have reached out to Wyatt to offer words of encouragement. Kristian Bush of Sugarland sent a card and guitar pick and Dog the Bounty Hunter was among the first to share Wyatt’s story with his followers.
Starling said all the support has been overwhelming.
“Very grateful for everything everyone has sent. I can’t thank them enough,” Starling said.
Wyatt now receives so much love that he has outgrown his small PO Box and the box is full of mail each day.
Starling has made a map of all the states where Wyatt has gotten mail from; she said the international mail has been shocking. Wyatt’s received letters from Spain, Australia, South America and Scotland, just to name a few.
While Starling said she knows the cards and gifts could never replace Wyatt’s father, she explained it’s helped her son get through this tough time and lets him know people care.
“It gives him something to look forward to each day,” she said.
If you would like to send Wyatt a card:
PO Box 84
Autryville, NC 28318
To visit the Letters for Wyatt Facebook page, click here.