Many kids across the world are looking forward to opening a ton of wrapper Christmas presents under their tree.
Before Santa comes, they will also look forward to eating a nice warm meal with their families and getting tucked into bed.
This is how Christmas should be for every child.
Last week @L6Centre we started getting down Xmas decorations we placed The Santa post box in the cafe until grotto is set up , Today I went into to @L6Centre to sort food parcels for residents while passing post box I looked in it !! Just read a 7 yrs old letter Vote Labour pic.twitter.com/HgUBjkXj3C
— Gerard Woodhouse (@GerardWoodhous1) November 17, 2019
However, for many kids across the USA, this isn’t a reality. Christmas can actually be a sad time of year as many kids are living in poverty.
A seven-year-old girl wrote a heartbreaking letter to Santa Claus asking for a home and some food rather than a list of toys.
Dear Father Christmas, can you help.
Can we have a home for Christmas? Mam wants us to be all together can you give us some food and can I have just [a] nice doll for Christmas. Thank you.
A child asking Santa for a home and some food. 21st Century UK, rolling back the centuries.
— teaceeme (@teaceeme) November 17, 2019
The unnamed child posted the letter into a Santa post box at the Liverpool 6 Community Centre, an Everton based community center that provides ‘practical support and opportunities to socialize’.
The letter has since been shared by the Labour Councillor for Liverpool County Ward, Gerard Woodhouse, who used the child’s letter to bring awareness to childhood poverty in the UK:
Last week @L6Centre we started getting down Xmas decorations we placed The Santa post box in the cafe until grotto is set up,
Today I went into to @L6Centre to sort food parcels for residents while passing post box I looked in it !! Just read a 7 yrs old letter Vote Labour.
The sweet innocence of a child believing that santa can help. Heartbreaking 😢
Why did we let it get this far?
— Amanda Nicolson (@amanda_nicolson) November 17, 2019
“No wonder young people have mental health problems, it’s just so sad. Unfortunately, it is what we see at the L6 center. This is just one of many that we’re going to see from now until Christmas,” Mr. Woodhouse said to Liverpool Echo.
The Liverpool 6 Community Centre team are reportedly working hard to help the family in question with everyday needs such as shelter and food.
Chris Winters is an avid writer who also loves to hunt ghosts when she’s not at her keyboard. Although she once saw someone walking towards her with a sheet over their head, she’s yet to confirm that they exist.