Mailman Uses Social Media to Return Father's Day Letter Sent by Girl to Dad in Heaven

On Monday, one mailman in Leicestershire, England, asked Facebook to help him track down the mother of a child who had written a Father's Day letter addressed to her dad in heaven. The post drew the attention of thousands, and soon enough, the mailman was in contact with the child's mother, Sarah Tully. Tully now has the letter, and she has told local media she is keeping both the letter, along with a collection of kind social media comments, in a memory box for her daughter, Sianna.

The mailman shared a photo of the letter's addressed envelope with a Facebook group called Spotted Braunstone. In the post, he said:

"Earlier today I emptied the red pillar box on Bewicke Road (junc. of Folville Avenue) and there was a letter in a child's handwriting addressed to their dad in heaven, cloud 9. I'm trying to find the parents of the child as I would like to reach out to them and with their permission sort out a little something for the child.

"I myself lost my dad last year and as an adult found it hard so I can only imagine what this child is going through," he continued to say in the post. "Please, if anyone has any details then it would be hugely appreciated."

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As reported by the BBC, it only took about 15 minutes for the mailman to be put in touch with Tully. Once in contact, she updated the post's commenters, thanking them for all their help and support.

"Hi all, I am truly touched by all this," she said. "I never expected this." Tully also told commenters that their support had led her to tears.

"I was shocked I never thought this would be the outcome," Tully told Newsweek. "I just thought it go in the bin no harm done, but all this is just so overwhelming."

In an interview with LeicestershireLive, Tully shared that Sianna's father died when she was just four months old. As she's gotten older, she's taken to writing letters to her dad each Christmas, birthday and Father's Day.

"Sianna just came into the room that evening and asked, 'Where does Daddy live?'" Tully told LeicestershireLive. "I told her it was too late to post it at first, but she started crying, so I said, 'Come on then,' and we walked to the post box down the street."

Tully told the outlet she has not read the letters and doesn't intend to read the one that was returned to her. "I always say that's between her and her dad."

More than a hundred people commented on the post to send their love and support to Tully and her daughter.

"Glad we could all help sharing the post," said one commenter. "What a thoughtful little girl you have, best wishes to you all."

Said another: "What a lucky little girl to have such a thoughtful, in touch mum. Best wishes to you and your family."

When one commenter expressed that she hopes sending the letters brings Sianna peace, Tully confirmed that the letters do help Sianna feel better. According to her, Sianna just wants to give her dad a Father's Day gift, "like all her friends do."

"It makes me sad as she so wants a dad but happy she feels better," Tully told Newsweek. "We have a lot of balloons and that, but she feels better in a letter."

Tully also said that when she believes Sianna is ready, she will show her the letter and tell her everything. For now, Sianna still believes her dad has the letter.

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One mailman in Leicester, England asked Facebook to help him track down the mother of a child who had written a Father’s Day letter addressed to her dad in heaven. The mother is saving the letter in a memory box for her daughter. Spotted Braunstone/Facebook