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Girl’s Pen Pal List Grows And Grows, Thanks To Letter She Wrote To Her Mail Carrier

She wanted to show her appreciation to those who've been working hard to keep us connected during the crisis, and got back some unexpected surprises (read on!).

Emerson Weber loves Taylor Swift, tolerates her younger brother and has a deep appreciation for writing letters. Before the pandemic hit, she had around a dozen regular pen pals to whom she would send detailed letters and decorated envelopes. Now she has a whole lot more.

Recently, the 11-year-old Sioux Falls, SD resident penned a letter to Doug Scott, her mail carrier, to thank him for making sure her letters were sent and received on time.

Emerson has been sending handwritten letters to her pen pals (and others) for years. Hugh Weber/Facebook

"Well, I wanted to thank you for taking my letters and delivering them," she wrote, as shared in a Twitter thread from her father, Hugh Weber. "You are very important to me. I make people happy with my letters, but you do too."

"The reason you are very important in my life is because I don't have a phone so how else am I supposed to stay in touch with my friends? You make it possible!" the letter continued.

Scott was so touched by the letter that he shared it with his supervisor, who included it in an internal newsletter for the United States Postal Service to spread some positivity.

Emerson decorates each of the envelopes she sends herself. Hugh Weber/Facebook

A few days later, Scott delivered two full boxes of letters to Emerson – all from postal workers across the country who wanted to thank her for her kindness.

Some of the letters contained jokes, others sent stamps and some shared personal stories, including one woman who works alone in a rural post office and a man who wanted her to write a letter to his son who flies helicopters in Kuwait.

Emerson received hundreds of stamps and dozens of letters from mail workers around the country. Hugh Weber/Facebook

Emerson's dad shared that she has been responding to each and every letter, and also sent a message to the son in Kuwait.

When Weber's Twitter thread about his daughter's experience started going viral, she received even more thoughtful comments and requests for letters. The following day, she was interviewed by Good Morning America about her act of kindness.

Weber, who is a writer himself and runs 'The Great Discontent,' an online platform for creative professionals and content makers, said that Emerson's letter to Doug tapped into a much deeper message about mental health.

"I'm not sharing this because I'm a proud dad," Weber wrote in a Twitter post. "I'm sharing it because it is relatively easy, if we take the time, to give others the one thing they need to be well - human connection."

Emerson even received a gift and a personal letter from her hero, Taylor Swift. Hugh Weber/Facebook

Weber says that he hopes others will be inspired by his daughter and reach out to those who have made an impact in their lives.

"That was my hope with sharing it, that these small singular actions can, even in 2020, have a really positive set of ripples," Weber said.

Weber hopes that others will be inspired by his daughter to reach out to those who have made an impact on their lives. Hugh Weber/Facebook

How can you start something good?

Inspired by Emerson's incredible act of kindness?

Why not take her lead and send a personal letter or card, or make a phone call to someone who has made a difference on your life. Maybe it's a long lost friend or a favorite teacher. Like Emerson's letter, your effort to connect could make all the difference to someone who may be feeling lonely or unappreciated.

And be sure to thank your mail carriers and delivery drivers any chance you get. They really are the unsung heroes of the pandemic. We love this article that shows different ways to say thanks to your mail carriers.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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