PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Call it a Christmas mystery.
“We have no clue,” says Dana Antkowiak of the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Pittsburgh.
Out of the blue, the mailman started to deliver unexpected mail.
You can imagine the surprise when dozens of Christmas cards started arriving at the local Make-a-Wish Foundation — including some hand-made cards made by second graders at the Donaldson School in Oakdale — all addressed to some little boy named Max who nobody here as ever heard of.
Antkowiak told KDKA Money Editor Jon Delano that the Make-a-Wish Foundation couldn’t figure it out at first.
Delano: “When this first came in, did you think it might be a scam?”
Antkowiak: “We thought perhaps. We started to do online searches and see what we could find about it. There have been ones in the past that have been complete scams.”
But this one turned out to be a real wish — not associated with Make-a-Wish — from a boy named Max Low who has been battling leukemia.
“Apparently, at one point he wished for a number of greeting cards, a million greeting cards to be sent,” says Antkowiak.
But why people sent cards to Make-a-Wish in Pittsburgh is still unclear.
Max Low has his own Facebook page.
Max, who nearly lost his life earlier this year, has now had bone marrow transplant and has received 280,000 cards already and wishes for more this Christmas.
But the local Make-a-Wish Foundation has its own wish.
“Please, please, don’t send them to Make-a-Wish.”