Blake’s mom found a letter to Santa in the 7-year-old’s backpack with his heart felt wishes for Christmas — among them a compass, a watch, a dictionary, and one special item that Santa may not be able to secure: “a very very Very good dad.”
SafeHaven of Tarrant County is busy making sure Blake — and the other kids seeking shelter from abusive situations — get the rest of the items on their lists. The shelter posted Blake’s letter, with a note that they had permission to do so and “would never compromise that through a social media post or otherwise,” assuring readers that “Blake and his mom are safe.”
SafeHaven said they were assisting 117 women and children in need of shelter this December, but Blake’s letter touched a lot of hearts.
“We had to leave our house,” the boy wrote. “Dad was mad.”
“Mom said it was time to leave and she would take us to a safe place where we don’t have to be scare,” he added. “I’m still nervouse. I don’t want to talk to the other kids. Are you going to come this christmas? We don’t have any of our stuff here.”
The New York Post reported that Blake and his mom have been in a shelter since Thanksgiving.
“We had permission from Blake and his mom to post the letter, but they obviously had no idea how much attention it would receive,” Micah Thompson, SafeHaven’s director of marketing, told The Post. “Blake’s letter paints such a great picture of what life is like in shelter for a child during the holidays. He is one of so many kids who are experiencing those same emotions this holiday season.”
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[Featured image: Blake’s letter from SafeHaven Facebook]