Des Moines radio station Star 102.5 has been granting "Christmas Wishes" for the past 20 years, but they've never had one quite like this before.
Brenda Smith was a loving wife and mother of four boys. In September of 2011, she passed away from ovarian cancer. But not before she could make one last wish for the future of the family she left behind.
Star 102.5 invited David to talk about his late wife and listen to a reading of the letter on air for their audience after they discovered it. The letter, penned by Brenda in August 2011 a month before her death, begins this way:
"When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer. "I told [my friend] once my loving husband David had moved on in his life and had met someone to share his life with again, to mail this letter to all of you at the station.
David had indeed recently gotten engaged, to woman with children of her own. Brenda's letter had a wish for them as well:
My reason for writing is this. I have a wish for David, the boys, the woman and her family if she has kids also. I want them to know I love them very much and they always feel safe in a world of pain.
The letter goes on to ask David's new partner—a woman she never met or knew—be pampered lavishly ("hair, makeup, body massage...spa or weekend getaway.") Then, she thanks the cancer doctors and staff at Mercy Hospital and tells them to take a night out, full of food, drinks and fun.
"When you wish upon a star," she writes, closing the letter.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, y'all.