7-year-old's heartbreaking letter to Santa inspires flood of donations

Crystal reading her note. Source KRGV

Crystal reading her note. Source KRGV

"I have (been) good this day", Crystal Pacheco wrote.

A 7-year-old student of Monte Cristo Elementary School in Edinburg, Texas, penned a heart-breaking letter to Santa Claus, during a classroom exercise.

While evaluating her students' answer sheets, Espiricueta came across an answer that tugged at her heartstrings. "And I asked, 'Well, why do you need a blanket more than the food?' 'Well, I get to eat at school - sometimes I may not have at home, but I get to eat at school".

A school in Texas has been flooded with donations after a teacher shared a heartbreaking letter to Father Christmas written by a first-grader, who asked only for a blanket and food for Christmas. "A blanket I have one, but it's not warm enough", her teacher recalled.

"Hopefully I will be able to fulfil at least one of their Christmas wishes". As a teacher it breaks my heart when I hear them ask for things that we sometimes take for granted. "Some of my students were not even excited about Christmas because they know that their parents cannot afford to buy a Christmas tree or gifts for them".

"She said she wanted the ball to play with him", she said, "food to have food at the house and a blanket because the house is too cold".

Espiricueta said the thought of her own children going hungry or cold during the holidays was unbearable for her so she made a decision to post a picture of the letter on Facebook.

And the donations just started pouring in, KRGV reported, with people sending over 600 blankets and other items to children at the school.

Espiricueta said the school is accepting donations including food, small toys, sweaters or pajamas.

"I'm just very emotional and proud of my children, because I raise them to appreciate the little that we have", Cortez said.

Since the post, Ms Espiricueta says the school has been inundated with donations, according to KRGV.

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