Alvin Bamburg was deer hunting in Grand Cane, Louisiana, in late December, when he spotted one of the balloons tangled in a tree.
“I saw that balloon and God spoke to me. He said, ‘You need to get this, and, second of all, you need to get the trash out of the woods,’ ” Bamburg told CNN. “When I got it I noticed a folded yellow piece of paper sealed with a red star, and it was a Christmas list from a girl named Luna.”
Luna had asked Santa to bring her candy, a Spider Man ball, a Frozen doll, a puppy, and a My Little Pony toy.
The holidays kept Bamburg and his wife, Lee Ann Leopard Bamburg, distracted, but they didn’t forget about the list. In early January, Bamburg shared his discovery with family and friends on
“Would love to know when it was launched. Looks like it traveled over 600 miles. Feel free to share,” Bamburg wrote.
So many people shared the post that it eventually reached Flores-Gonzalez.
“When we found out someone actually found Luna’s balloon, we were just in shock,” Flores-Gonzalez said. “We couldn’t believe how kind people were; we were overwhelmed with love. That’s what really mattered.”
Flores-Gonzalez received requests to share Gianella’s list, as well. After she did, both girls began receiving gifts from Bamburg’s family, friends, co-workers and even old schoolmates.
Finally, in mid-April, after months of communication, the Bamburgs drove six hours to meet Flores-Gonzalez and the twins, and give them one last present.
“We had texted, talked, and FaceTimed before we even met, and it was clear we had a connection,” Bamburg said.
“When we met, it was just like meeting family.”