A Hoosick Falls boy has collected tens of thousands of letters to Santa to help other kids. Luke Hoag, with the help of a bunch of people to unload a school bus, dropped off the letters in a mailbox inside the Macy's at Colonie Center on Friday. He watched in awe as box after box came off the bus and then were wheeled into the department store. Luke, who's 11, collected the letters to raise money for Make-a-Wish. As an infant, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. When he was 3, Make-a-Wish sent him to Disney World.
For each letter, Macy’s was going to donate a dollar but because they were delivered on "National Believe Day", Macy’s pledged to double their contributions. Luke collected 77-thousand letters from around the world - that means he raised $154-thousand for the kids.
And there's another amazing story that spans the country. A California woman recently did one of those ancestry DNA tests. She's almost 70, was adopted as a newborn, and was trying to find her birth mom for her entire life.
Meanwhile, across the country, in a Florida nursing home, an 88-year-old woman is all alone. Her siblings have died and she thought that the only child she ever had, died at childbirth.
Well, it turns out, she didn't die during childbirth. She was adopted by a family in California and through the miracle of science, was reunited with her birth mother 70 years after they were separated.
They discovered they have so much in common. The mom wanted to be a nurse but couldn't afford school so she became a cook. The daughter is a nurse and has a passion for cooking.
The 88-year-old woman who thought she was all alone in this world, now has a daughter, three grandchildren and a great grandchild.
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who came out to "Breakfast with Santa" to benefit WGY Christmas Wish. Special thanks to Curtis Lumber, Total Events, The Costumer and Panza's Restaurant.