Hello from heaven: Letter received twenty years later, but just in time

Hello from heaven: Letter received twenty years later, but just in time
This past New Year’s Eve, Brenda McClain received a letter mailed 20 years before. (Source: Photo provided by McClain family)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - This past New Year’s Eve, Brenda McClain received a letter mailed twenty years before. The little girl who wrote it in 2000 was Brenda’s 9-year-old (at the time) niece. She was sending it from Huntington, West Virginia, to her 4-year-old cousin in Belmont, North Carolina. It was the niece’s school assignment.

The 4-year-old is Brenda’s daughter. Though she no longer lives at home in Belmont, Brenda is still at the same address. Brenda received the note last week, opened it, and was floored.

“In it, my niece remembers her grandfather—my dad—who just passed away this last October,” Brenda McClain says. “We realized this letter he helped her with was postmarked 10/12/2000. He passed away this past October 12th, 2020. It was postmarked exactly 20 years to the day of his death. We jokingly said Pap wanted us to know he is still around.”

Brenda said she has a friend who works in the postal system in West Virginia who told her the Huntington operations (where it was originally postmarked), was closed in 2000. Though there is no confirmation on this at all, Brenda said her friend’s theory is they may have been taking apart the old unused equipment and the letter suddenly resurfaced.

A hello from heaven. Not a bad way to start out the new year.

-Molly

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