Writing our wishes down in a spare bit of paper and hiding it under the Christmas tree in hopes of getting everything you want for Christmas is one of the beloved activities of the holy eve. More often than not, it’s your parents who buy you gifts and carefully place them under the tree again. While kids grow up believing that Santa Claus brings them their favorite goodies every Christmas, once you grow up, you feel nothing but gratitude for having received Christmas gifts from your parents.
But have you ever stopped for a moment to think, who brings gifts to the kids with no parents? How does their Christmas look like? Certainly, very different than ours.
A 7-year-old girl from Liverpool gave us an insight into the lives of orphan kids through a letter she wrote to “Father Christmas” making some heartwrenching requests and it is bound to make you feel for the ones away from their families this Christmas.
The letter was left in a Christmas postbox at the L6 Community Center in Everton, Liverpool. Local councilor Gerard Woodhouse, who opened the letter, said: “It was so upsetting to read,” reports the BBC.
The little girl writes: “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.”
The postbox was left in a cafe by a team of the community center for visiting kids to post their Christmas wishes. And it was found by them when they began decorating for the festive season.
Mr. Woodhouse said the girl and her siblings currently live with a relative. “I know the children, and it’s not right that a seven-year-old child is worrying about Christmas,” he said. He also revealed that the community center team is trying to help the family by putting them in a hotel on Christmas day.
He said the letter did not come as a surprise to him as “there is no-one around to support these children”. “It’s only going to get worse,” he said. “A few weeks ago we were sitting down with a few of the kids from the center. One child said, ‘I just want to be warm this Christmas.'”
“These kids know their parents have not got the money this year for presents. “We are seeing first hand how difficult it is, and it is just so upsetting.”
Shirley Marshall from the center said, “We have been inundated with support from volunteering hours to food, to new toys, donations on our Just Giving page, cheques, and cash.
“We are overwhelmed and will support this family along with many other deprived families this Christmas.”