MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) - Little Blake Werner is full of life and lots of energy. At three-years-old he's learning a lot and remembers everything, from his colors to the most important people in his life, like his papa.
"We like to talk about him," Paul Werner said of his late father. "He's [Blake} got a picture next to his bed of my mom and dad."
Doug Werner was a huge part of the family. His pride and joy were his kids and grand kids.
"He was just everybody's everything," Paul said. "You name it, he did it."
Sadly, in April of 2016, he lost his years long fight against cancer. But there is no doubt that he left a huge impression on the little grand babies he left behind, like Blake.
It was just a couple of months ago, Blake was coloring pictures for his cousins when he told his dad he wanted to send a picture and a note to his papa. So, he did.
"I remember he wrote on it, "I miss you. I love you and I hope you're happy," Paul said.
Blake put the note in his mailbox, hoping it would reach that special place in the sky and it would seem that, in a way, it did.
"My wife brought in the mail and here was this random note, addressed to Blake," he said.
A guardian angel, sent by Papa Doug had a special message, writing in part: "He [Papa] is happy and does not want you to feel sad. He's been watching over you and knows how much you love him and he misses you, dearly."
"This isn't a two minute ordeal. This is a, go home, print up a letter, and buy a gift card," Paul said. "To me it's just phenomenal that a stranger stopped and did something that kind for a three year old boy."
Blake may not understand the thoughtfulness of the letter, yet. But his parents sure do. From now on, they'll hold the words of the guardian angel close, remembering a man who's legacy will live on forever.
"We're coming up to another holiday with him not here and what they said in the note is what we like to believe and feel," he said. "You know, he's watching. He's here. It was a nice reminder from a stranger."
The Werner's believe that stranger is someone at the Post Office on Ford street in Maumee. The USPS says that this time of year some of Santa's helpers, help him respond to all of the letters heading to the North Pole.
A spokesperson says it's very likely Blake's letter got mixed in, and a friendly elf helped make all of this happen.