J Steele

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Grab the tissues.

A 7-year-old boy from Texas temporarily living in a domestic violence shelter with his mom wrote a letter to Santa that the shelter shared. He’s not just asking for toys.

The boy asked Santa for chapter books, a dictionary, a compass and a watch, but the biggest ask from Santa was for a “very very very good dad.”

His mom found the letter in his backpack a few weeks ago and she shared it with SafeHaven of Tarrant County staff, a shelter for domestic violence victims in Fort Worth, Texas, its president and CEO Kathryn Jacob told CNN.

SafeHaven shared the letter on social media, changing the boy’s name to Blake for safety reasons.

Dozens of people on Facebook were touched by Blake’s letter and asked in the comments if they could buy some of the things on his wish list or donate money. Others even shared personal stories of a a time where they had been in similar situations.

Dear Santa,

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?

Love, Blake

It certainly makes me want to buy everything on Blake’s list and give him a big hug. Prayers to the family! Super proud of your bravery Blake!

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