A first grader’s heartbreaking letter to Santa has spurred a flood of donations, after her teacher shared the humble wish list on social media.
Ruth Espiricueta, a first-grade teacher at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Edinburg, Texas, asked her students this week to write a letter to Santa Claus about something they want and something they need, after a lesson about the difference between the two. When school was dismissed for the day, Espiricueta began reading the letters and was taken aback in particular by one student’s note.
The 7-year-old girl wrote to Santa, “I have [been] good this day. This Christmas I would like a ball and a food. I need a [blanket].”
“I never expected for students to ask for things we usually take for granted,” Espiricueta told ABC News. “I was heartbroken because no one should ever go hungry or be cold on winter nights.”
The next day, Espiricueta asked the student about her letter to Santa. The girl said she wanted a ball, rather than a doll, so both she and her brother could play with the toy. She told the teacher she wanted eggs for food.