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8-year-old boy’s letter to Santa asks him to protect his twin sister from bullying

Sep 17, 2013 By Abraham

Karen Suffern, a single mother to two 3rd-graders, recently asked her kids, fraternal twins Ryan and Amber, to write their letters to Santa so that she could get an idea what they were hoping for this year and then start budgeting. The response from her son was not at all what she expected and was more than a little painful to read, as you can imagine…

Ryan and Amber - Letter to Santa

He writes…

Dear Santa,

My mom said to send you a Christmas list. I wanted a remote control car and helicopter but I do not want that anymore. Kids at school are still picking on Amber and it is not fair because she does not do anything to them and it makes me mad. I prayed they would stop, but God is busy and I need your help. Is it against the rules to give up gifts early?

Can you ask Big Time Rush to come to Amber’s birthday party? It will make her so happy. If you do not get them to come that is fine, just get her everything she asked for.

Thanks Santa,

Love Ryan

PS- My mom throws the best birthday parties. You can come if you want.

Ryan and Amber - 02

After Suffern shared her son’s note with a few friends on Facebook, it made its way onto weight-loss blogger Tony Posnanski’s page. He wrote an article about it which he posted to CNN’s iReport, noting that Ryan’s letter brought back a lot of memories for him…

When I was nine I told my mom I wish I had a terminal disease so I could lose weight. I was over 200 pounds. I was nine…. I know what it is like to walk into school and wait for the people to make hurtful comments.

CNN picked up the story and it is now going viral.

Obviously, everyone involved wants to improve Amber’s situation in particular, but they also hope that the unanticipated popularity of this story will encourage others, because “with people like Ryan out there who can see true beauty and want the best for people…the bullies can be defeated.”


  1. Nathan says:

    Has anyone looked into whether this is fake? Just looking at the letter… so many mistakes, but the “don’t” receives its proper apostrophe. I’m no expert, but something about some of the mistakes makes me feel they are intentional. Sometimes the plural is used correctly, sometimes it isn’t and should be. Sometimes an indefinite article is used, sometimes it is not and should be. The mistakes don’t look consistent.

    1. Slayerwulfe (@slayerwulfe) says:

      i don’t have anything negative to say about you but do you think the picture of this grrl is a fake ?

    2. Bev1303 says:

      Stop trying to make a beautiful story something about yourself! Bullying happens everyday and for some reason I think that’s what your doing right now.

  2. Carr says:

    While the letter (and the sacrificial spirit implied in it) is great. I find it really disheartening that the push is not to stop the bullying but to “fix” the girl. I get that it isn’t a bad thing in itself to help her lose weight (and would stop *some* of the bullying), but the focus is so shifted from her brother’s intent.

  3. Emmaretta says:

    She did get to meet Big Time Rush, today actually. They made her their ‘Worldwide Girl’ and took pictures with her. It will be on Good Morning America tomorrow.

  4. Chelsi says:

    I wish this mom would teach me how to raise children like her son. I don’t have kids, but would love to be a mom some day.

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