(Seguin) -- Texas Lutheran University is on a mission these next two days to ensure your letters get to Santa while all helping one young man in Kerrville continue his plight to pay it forward.
Ashlie Ford, director of marketing and communications, says the TLU National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapter has partnered with a high school student, Zachary Reyna, in Kerrville to collect letters to Santa for Macy's Believe Campaign. For every letter collected, Macy's will donate $1 to the Make-A Wish Foundation and will donate up to $1 million. In addition, a TLU student's family foundation, the Dubon Family Foundation, has agreed to match the amount collected locally by the university and Seguin community.
Ford says in 2007, Reyna was diagnosed with an inoperable brain aneurysm. In 2010, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Reyna was granted his wish of riding every ride at Disney World.
Since that time, Ford says he has been paying it forward and raising money for kids to receive their wishes just like he did.
In an effort to help, TLU is doing its part to to help Reyna reach his goal of collecting 54,000 letters to Santa.
As of today, Ford says TLU has already collected 600 letters and is looking forward to even more by this Thursday afternoon.
"We are just very excited that our students kind of came up with this project and for the past two weeks have been collecting letters and have set up in the student alumni center asking people to write letters and be a part of this and it's a way that our students can make an impact on people that they don't even know and it's also just something that they can do that doesn't cost anything -- is just an act of kindness and something that will greatly benefit children who really need it," said Ford.
Ford says the idea was sparked when Katie Gatto, the president of TLU's National Society of Leadership and Success Chapter, was talking to a teacher in Kerville and heard what Reyna does every year.
Ford says from there, TLU got involved and is now extending the efforts this week to others throughout Seguin and Guadalupe County.
"So TLU will be accepting the letters to Santa through Nov. 29 (Thursday) at 5 p.m. at our office of Student Life and Learning which is located in the Alumni Student Center so anybody who wants to bring a letter is more than welcome to stop by before that time and the letters don't have to be elaborately decorated or you don't have to be a craft expert. They can be simple and from the heart and just once again, it's a really great way that TLU and our students are getting involved in a great cause this holiday season," said Ford.
Ford says TLU is also recognizing Miranda Johnson, a NSLS member for her part in organizing this year's efforts.
Ford says written letters are being accepted by TLU through 5 p.m. Thursday.
According to Macy's, the money at $1 per letter has doubled in recent years. They say the letters collected locally help to financially support a wish for a child in this South and Central Texas area.