Every now and then, kids can surprise you with their honesty. One letter to Santa has the entire internet talking.
A seven-year-old boy wrote a letter to Santa Claus asking for a good dad for Christmas. Blake is currently living with his mom inside of a Fort Worth, Texas domestic violence shelter.
The letter was addressed to Santa, identifying that they had to leave their house. The boy was honest, talking about how dad was mad and how they had to do all of the chores. In the handwritten letter, he said that mom told him it was time to leave and that she would take them to a safer place where there was no longer the need to be scared.
Blake and his mother entered a shelter right before Thanksgiving. SafeHaven, located in Tarrant County, is the name of the organization that has been helping the family. Blake’s mother noticed the letter to Santa in his backpack a few weeks prior. The nonprofit agency chose to post the letter to Facebook.
In the letter, the boy identified that he is still nervous and doesn’t want to talk to the other kids. He asked Santa if he was going to visit. He identified that none of their stuff is at the shelter, asking Santa to bring chapter books, a dictionary, and a “compass and a watch.” He also asked for a very good dad.
Micah Thompson, the director of marketing with the nonprofit organization, said that it’s not uncommon to find notes like lakes. The reason for posting this one is because it was an emotional mix of what kids ask for from Santa but also what it’s like to be a child who is not only away from home but also scared.
The nonprofit does what they can to facilitate various events and programs so that kids feel the holiday cheer. One program, known as “Santa’s Sack” asks residents throughout the county to donate gifts for the children. A toy shop is then created, allowing mothers to shop for presence at no cost.
As a result of the many donations that poured in, Blake will be able to get the bulk of his Christmas request. Over 10,000 donated gifts were received, allowing Blake and other kids in similar situations to get what they wanted “and more” for the holidays. In a similar program, they set up a store inside of the shelter where the kids can shop for their moms, too.
Thompson said that 1400 children and women of all ages have entered SafeHaven shelters in 2018.
Thompson told CBS News that some babies are born while the mom is still staying in the shelter. As such, they have newborns and, then, all the way to children of 18 years of age staying with mom. There are always more kids than moms inside of the shelters since women will often bring multiple children along in order to get a safe haven.
When kids write to Santa, it is the most honest they will ever be. They often talk about all that is going on with their life, almost as a way to justify why they’re asking for the presents. Blake did exactly that, letting Santa know all that was going on with him. He didn’t mail the letter, so it’s lucky that his mom found it inside of his backpack. Perhaps he was also hoping to make it to see Santa in person to give it to him. Either way, it looks as though this boy got his Christmas wish.
Hopefully, there are plenty of other charities around the country taking care of moms and their kids as SafeHaven is doing inside of Tarrant County, Texas. After all, no child should have to ask Santa for a “very good” dad, especially during the holiday season. This nonprofit organization certainly did right by Blake and his mom. It’s probably a good thing that he wrote to Santa.
Now, this letter has warmed the hearts of many. People are reaching out to find out where they can donate toys to shelters like the one in Texas all over the country. One little boy’s letter to Santa was certainly able to touch a number of people. We should all be thankful that the agency chose to post the letter on Facebook so more could read about one boy’s struggle during the holiday season.