QUEEN CREEK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- After losing their 4-year-old son in a car crash in January, a family in Queen Creek is hoping the community will send their daughter Christmas cards, and now people from around the world are mailing them in.
"From Ireland, maybe some from Russia, Germany, Australia and London," said Aimee Schewe, Aiden and Arianna's mom.
So far, Arianna has gotten three cards in the mail from total strangers in Michigan, Tennessee and Arizona.
"We weren't asking for anything monetary or anything like that, but just a way of sending love," Aimee said. "I knew that would just give her an extra smile, and that would bring me a smile to know that she knows she's cared and loved."
Arianna, age 10, says it's kind of been a tough year because of her brother passing. "It's been a little hard for me and my family," she said.
Aiden died in a car crash on Jan. 9. He and his mom were on their way to Casa Grande for a doctor's appointment when they were T-boned near Gilbert Road and SR 87. Aiden died at the scene after being ejected, and Aimee broke several ribs and spent a week in the hospital. "He was energetic. He was bossy. He loved. He was just getting into dinosaurs. He loved his 'backetball' hoop, that's what he called it," Aimee said through tears.
Aimee explained that the grief never stops, and she says the holidays make everything a little more difficult. "All of the milestones, they hurt. As my husband says, we shouldn't be celebrating without him. We're tired of celebrating milestones without him. It's hard," she said.
With a tight budget and heavy hearts, she felt that Christmas cards would be a way to show her daughter that the world is kind and loving. "I think it's really important as parents to make sure that when you lose a child, to make sure you're including the child who's left and make sure they're thought about, and they feel invested in and cared about and they're not lost in that," Aimee said.
And the cards they already received are sparking a little bit of joy for Arianna. "It makes me feel very, very happy because I am starting to realize that everybody is caring for me and my family," she said.
If you would like to send a letter or card to Arianna, you can contact Aimee on her Facebook page by clicking here.
If you would like to mail a card, here's the physical address:
22458 E. Tierra Grande
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
And if you'd like to help out in other ways, the family provided us a wish list. They say the following items would be a "blessing" to them:
-Gift Cards for Target, Walmart and Amazon
-Arianna is size 6X & 7 clothing and her shoes are Size 1.