Emily loves to send her late father letters to let him know about her life. But when a stranger found one of her letters, they knew they had to do something. (CNN/KSBW)
(Meredith/CNN/KSBW) – Emily Hinchberger loves to send letters to her late father just to let him know what's going on in her life. But when a stranger found one of her letters, they knew they had to do something.
Emily was only eight years old when her father passed away. Since that moment, she's done everything she can to keep his memory alive.
“He is a big goofball. He loves animals and he is really funny with the ways he loves them,” Emily said as she and her mother, Rebecca Crawford, flipped through old photos of him.
Each year, Emily writes him a letter to let him know how she is doing, attaches the letters to a balloon, and lets them go.
“At first, it was really emotional, but now it’s a lot more fun because I knew that it would somehow get to him and that he was looking out for me.”
But what Emily didn’t expect was one of those letters landing in the lap of Veronica Manzo, who knew she had to find this girl and help make one of her dreams come true, whatever that may be.
“My heart just dropped when I read that letter,” Manzo said. “I just couldn’t imagine my child going through such a loss.”
Now, Manzo has arranged private horse-riding lessons for Emily, which is an activity her dad grew up doing.
“I was thinking with the wind, maybe he did that,” Emily said, talking about her father. “Maybe he pushed it in the direction to Bakersfield, so it’s really cool to know that he is up there looking out for me. Even if you lose a loved one, there are more people around you who care. They will help you get through it.”