A 3-year-old Columbus preschooler’s Christmas wish was answered in a very unusual way from a place far away.

Landree Londeree, who attends the Carousel Learn and Play preschool in Greensburg, took part in an annual Christmas tradition for the preschool class — sending her Christmas wish with a red balloon skyward Dec. 20 just before holiday break and then heading home to celebrate with her family.

But when her father, Corey Londeree, dropped her off Wednesday for class, the preschool had some news.

Londeree had a package from Maryland containing an answer to her Christmas wish, along with the shredded balloon and her original request.

Unbeknowst to her family, Landree had asked for pencils, markers and puzzles for her class, her father said. The package, sent anonymously, contained 100 pencils and packages of markers with a note to the preschooler explaining how her balloon and note had been found.

“We found your note this morning on our walk in Woolford, Maryland,” the response said. “We have been Santa’s helpers for 60 years! We love Christmas! Enjoy these markers and pencils at your school.”

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.