A letter written to Santa by a 7-year-old boy living in a shelter has gone viral for the most heartbreaking of reasons…
Now, every child deserves a magical Christmas.
It’s the time for family, copious amounts of food and, of course, plenty of presents.
Because let’s face it, Christmas is the best when you’re young and full of faith in Santa Claus, isn’t it?
There are a staggering number of children living in poverty or in dangerous homes here in the U.S so, for them, Christmas can be a stressful and frightening time.
And, in even more heartbreaking scenarios, some children don’t have a home of their own.
Which, of course, is never an ideal environment for children, especially over the festive period.
And it was quick to go viral.
His mom found the letter he had written to Santa in his backpack and decided to share it with the staff at the shelter they were taking refuge in – SafeHaven of Tarrant County – its president and CEO, Kathryn Jacob, told CNN.
Noting they changed the boy’s name to Blake for his family’s safety.
In the letter, the child can be seen asking Santa for chapter books, a dictionary, a compass, and a watch.
“We had to leave our house. Dad was mad. We had to do all the chores. Dad got everything he wanted. Mom said it was time to leave and she would take us to a safer place where we don’t have to be scared… I’m still nervous. I don’t want to talk to the other kids. Are you going to come this Christmas? We don’t have any of our stuff here.”
“I also want a very very very good dad. Can you do that too?”
“Blake’s story is like every story we see – the problem is so pervasive.”
However, since the letter went viral last year, the staff at the shelter have provided that all-important update.
“You may remember Blake from last December. He and his mom were staying in our shelter, and along with a few small items, he asked Santa for a very good dad. Blake is 8 now, and he and his mom are doing great – even through the pandemic.”
You can see the original letter above.
For more heartwarming Christmas stories, keep scrolling to read about the couple who have replied to children’s letters to needy children for years…