A 7-year-old Texas boy living in a domestic violence shelter with his mother is breaking hearts across social media with his letter to Santa Claus.
SafeHaven of Tarrant County posted Blake’s letter to the shelter’s Facebook page and requested a “very very very good” dad, among other things.
Blake’s mother found his letter to Santa in his backpack, where he spoke about how he and his mother ended up at the shelter and how he is still nervous.
Here is Blake’s full letter:
We had to leave our house. Dad was mad. We had to do all the chores. Dad got everything he wanted. Mom said it was time to leave and she would take us to a safer place where we don’t have to be scared.
I’m still nervous. 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. Can you bring some chapter books, a dictionary, and a compass and a watch? I also want a very, very, very good dad. Can you do that, too?
Safe Haven is a shelter for domestic violence victims and 117 women and children are residing at the shelter this holiday season, according to the post.
After sharing Blake’s letter on their Facebook page, Safe Haven posted an update thanking the public for the outpouring of support for the young boy and his mother.
“For those concerned, we can assure you that Blake and his mom’s safety has not been compromised by sharing his letter,” the shelter wrote.
Safe Haven said that thanks to donations, they were able to give Blake almost all the gifts he asked for this Christmas. However, additional donations are needed to ensure other women and children have a safe place to stay throughout December.
For more information or to make a donation, visit Safe Haven of Tarrant County’s website.