Tiny Girl From Texas Wrote A Two-Sentence Letter To Santa, Strangers Flood Her With Donations
When a little 7-year-old girl from Edinburg, Texas sat down to write to Santa Claus this Christmas season, she wrote a two-sentence message that went on to break thousands of hearts. Because the little girl only asked for simple things and not the latest and greatest toy, the people who read her letter saw that she was in need.
Instead of demanding toys and doodads from Santa Claus, little Crystal Pacheco asked Santa for something that most of us take for granted every single day of our lives.
In the letter, the little Texas girl wrote:
“I have binde (been) good this day. This Christmas I would like a ball and a food. I need a blancet (blanket).”
Her letter gets to the heart of what the Christmas season is about. We are not just supposed to give gifts to our families and friends who already have everything they need. We can lean into our charitable natures and give to those who are genuinely in need during this time.
Crystal’s teacher at Monte Cristo Elementary School was moved to share the little girl’s letter. The teacher, Ruth Espiricueta wanted people to know the struggles some of her students go through on a regular basis all throughout Texas. So Espiricueta shared an image of the heartbreaking note on Facebook. But she didn’t just let the message speak for itself. She also included her caption, which read:
“This makes me very sad. When your students ask for food, blankets, or a bed instead of toys. As a teacher, it breaks my heart when I hear them ask for things that we sometimes take for granted. Hopefully, I will be able to fulfill at least one of their Christmas wishes.”
Although little Crystal did not have much hope that the big guy at the North Pole would answer her letter, it ended up having a huge impact. KRGV reported on that:
“As word spread people started showing up to the elementary school with donations in hand. The school’s leaders decided to organize a blanket drive. Hundreds of blanket donations poured in from across the Valley.
“The school will hand out the donations next week. At last report, the school has collected 615 blankets. Their goal is 724.”
Crystal’s mother, Maria Isabel Cortez, is grateful that the community is coming together to help her daughter during the tough times. She has opened up to KGBT and told them that she had done the best she could and taught her children to “appreciate the little that we have.”
The mother added, “She wrote the card thinking about her brother, she said she wanted the ball to play with him, food to have food at the house and a blanket because the house is too cold.”
After her letter to Santa went viral, Crystal had another simple message for Santa.
“Thank you for the presents,” she said.
Despite the difficult times, this little girl takes nothing for granted and is extremely grateful. There’s a lesson for us all in her selflessness.