Things are looking up for Bill Beeler, Clay County's own beloved "Santa Claus."
Lisa Wallen, Beeler's daughter, told The Brazil Times Wednesday that her father began rehabilitation at the Clay County Health Center and Rehabilitation Services, 1408 East Hendrix St., Wednesday morning.
People of all ages having been sending Beeler cards and letters of encouragement to cheer up their favorite jolly old elf after a story in The Brazil Times last Friday.
"He is feeling better," Wallen said, but added that it is still unclear how long it will take for her father to recover.
With this being his 61st year as Santa Claus, Beeler had been upset about the possibility of missing the upcoming yuletide season, and taking part in the Christmas In The Park Parade due a recent illness which put him in Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
Beeler's family is so appreciative of the community's support.
"Thank you to everyone who has sent a card or a letter," Wallen said. "He has received a sack of mail from people. It made him feel so much better, and we are so grateful for that."
People can continue to send cards and letters, but now to the Clay County Health Center and Rehabilitation Services.
Officials at the center said to just address the mail to Bill Beeler in care of the facility's address and they would make sure he received it.
Bill Beeler, Rm. 233 B
Clay County Health Center and Rehabilitation Services
1408 East Hendrix St.
Brazil, Ind. 47834
Officials at Terre Haute Regional Hospital said cards and letters sent to Beeler at the hospital's address which might "cross in the mail" need not worry.
"We noticed that Mr. Beeler received a lot a mail, some of it addressed to Santa Claus," a hospital official said. "We will make sure that he receives all his mail."
It is hospital policy to forward all mail to a patient's home address after they leave the facility.