A Middle Tennessee man continues his work as an unofficial ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation this holiday season.
Steve Morton told Nashville's News 2 he was inspired to collect letters to Santa, which in turn helps raise money for the non-profit organization, after his son's wish was granted by the foundation in 2010.
"I had the time to do this, to go out and just organize getting these letters," Morton said, adding, "I've gone to every Boys and Girls Club [and] every YMCA. I've gone to schools in Woodbury, Shelbyville [and] Columbia [to collect letters]."
This year Morton has collected more than 30,000 letters which will be dropped off at an area Macy's department store.
Through the store's fifth annual campaign, Macy's Believes, $1 will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"This Friday, December 14, is National Believe Day. On that day, instead of donating $1, we are going to double it and donate $2 dollars to the Make-A-Wish Foundation," Green Hills store manager Shawn Dwyer said.
Morton said he plans to drop off all of the collected letters on Friday at the Macy's at Cool Springs.
"This year only we are going to be over 30,000 letters so that is going to be over $60,000 just for Make-A-Wish," he said.
His wife Debbie added, "It is not about us, it is about the kids who are going to receive the wish and the more letters that we get the more wishes that are granted. For us it was so exciting that we got to be part of this."
Macy's will donate up to $1 million dollars to Make-A-Wish through the Believe campaign.