Have you ever received a life-changing letter?

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Aired Saturday, May 17, 2014

We've got a show you'll definitely want to write home about this week, as DNTO brushes off that old box of letters you can't quite part with...


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Find out how a handwritten letter from the Tooth Fairy led one eight-year old boy on an epic mission to prove she wasn't real....and what the Tooth Fairy did to restore her good name. 

Bruce Farrer and Thomas Boxall 300.jpgFor 25 years, high school teacher Bruce Farrer assigned all his grade nine students the same project: write a letter to their future selves. Farrer promised to mail them at some point in the future.

Most of the students completely forgot about the letters... Thomas Boxall certainly did. Till the letter he wrote at 14 arrived in his mailbox 20 years later.

Read what Thomas Boxall wrote back to his younger self.


Angeles Fernandez received a letter every week from her boyfriend Pedro as he travelled around Europe in the '60s. Then one day the letters stopped coming... 

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Flying home to Saint John, New Brunswick, after spending an exciting week at Disneyland, Shanell Mouland was worried how her four year old daughter, Kate, would handle the flight.

Kate is on the autism spectrum and when a business man sat down beside the lively little girl, Mouland was a bit concerned.

Find out how Eric Kunkle surprised her and how a letter posted on her blog reconnected them! 

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Lorelle Perry (L) runs a playgroup for immigrant moms and kids in Winnipeg.

Not long ago, she invited Meskerem Woldesassie (R) and other moms to write letters to their children for a special book project, Letters To Our Children.  

But she wasn't prepared for the challenges, or rewards, that resulted.

Amma and Me 300.jpgWhen Anusree Roy and her family immigrated to Canada, they had to leave her grandma behind in India. 

Anusree sent happy letters back to her grandmother without mentioning any of the hardships she was enduring. Only to find out later her grandmother was doing exactly the same thing. Those letters went on to become the basis for her critically acclaimed play, Letters to my Grandma.

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We regret to inform you... From breakups to getting turned down for a job, everyone's had the "rejection letter" at some point. Bill Shapiro talks about some famous examples - and the upside of receiving the "thanks, but no thanks" letter.

Front steps200.jpgKevin Quinlan works at city hall Vancouver, where he occasionally handles the mayor's correspondence.

One particular letter regarding a fictitious goat wound up going places he didn't expect. Thanks to Rain City Chronicles for sharing the story. 

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"Day 5 of camp is a lot better. The rash on my penis is gone, and now I can run. My friends hate when I say eggs so I'm trying to stop saying it. Love, Josh."

As a parents, getting a letter from your kid at camp can be a bit alarming. Diane Falanga, author or P.S. I Hate it Here: Kids' Letters From Camp shares some classic camp letters, and offers advice on how to respond to them.

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