9-year-old cancer survivor collects thousands of letters to Santa, Make-A-Wish benefits

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DENVER -- A 9-year-old boy works hard to collect letters to Santa Claus from around the world.

Addison Kleinhans of Broomfield was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Three years ago he started a campaign to get people to write letters to Santa.

The reason? "Macy's will donate one dollar to Make-A-Wish for every Santa letter they get," the young man says.

His goal was small. "We can put this on our Facebook page and just try and collect maybe 100-200."

But through the power of social media... "My final drop is going to be over 13,000," Addison says.

He has collected letters from around the world... All seven continents (including Antarctica) and 22 countries to be exact. They've come in multiple languages. One of them is in braille.

The requests go from simple, "Hi Santa. For Christmas I want a stuffed Bear..." to giving Santa a tough task, "Please give me a fat bank account and a slim body," Addison reads from another letter.

Addison's mom, Sarah Kleinhans points out, "In this economy it doesn't matter if you have a lot of money or no money, everyone can write a letter to Santa."

Addison's pieces of paper are turning into more than $13,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization he knows and loves.

"I also got my Make-A-Wish granted and that was to go to Hawaii. So, basically it's a feel good for me because now I know what it's going towards," he says.

Addison is dropping off his letters at the Macy's store at Flatirons Crossing in Broomfield Thursday.