A nine-year-old Austrian girl called Sophia received an unexpected Christmas present after a helium balloon she sent to Santa Claus ended up in a remote mountain village in Russia’s North Caucasus.
Amin Adzhiev, a farmer in Russia’s republic of Karachay-Cherkess found the balloon with a letter attached to it on his land in mid-December.
Sophia, from Oberndorf bei Salzburg on the outskirts of Salzburg, told Santa that she was hoping to receive a princess dress, a scarf and a scooter for Christmas, along with “lots of love for the whole world” so people “don’t argue” as much anymore.
Adzhiev told the Mash Telegram channel that after translating the letter, he decided to take on the role of Santa and started a fundraiser to buy Sophia a gift in time for Christmas.
“All my friends – from everywhere, including Moscow – quickly collected the money,” he said.
According to the Ren Tv television channel, Adzhiev managed to contact Sophia’s parents through social media and found a Santa in Austria to give her a hoverboard just in time for Christmas.
Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.