So sad! Instead of writing letters to Santa asking for toys and the hottest electronic gadgets, more and more kids are hoping Santa brings their families basic essentials this Christmas — like food, school supplies and toiletries.
“Please bring my mommy some food. She’s been good this year,” one Los Angeles child wrote to Santa. This heartbreaking message wasn’t alone — in fact, hundreds of letters coming in from selfless kids who wrote their lists in shelters, during after-school programs, or at food pantries, asked for bare necessities that shouldn’t ever be a Christmas luxury.
Letters To Santa Asking For Food, Not Toys — Sad Christmas
While helping the United States Post Office read and answer letters to Santa with the organization Operation Santa, a Los Angeles Times writer noticed an alarming number of letters coming from kids asking for only basic needs, and were unconcerned with toys, smart phones, and video game consoles.
Another shocking discovery was that letters to Santa were coming in droves from parents. “A mother out of work said her family would eat, but there wouldn’t be any presents, the Los Angeles Times uncovered. “A dad wrote that his kids needed school supplies. Parents with two kids, three kids, maybe more, were hoping for help with what they couldn’t provide. A dad just out of prison wanted to make Christmas special for the kids he hadn’t seen for so long. A disabled grandmother asked for a church dress for her granddaughter.”
The writer even found that one teen asked Santa for presents for the shelter workers.
The kids’ selflessness is inspirational, but letters to Santa should be about asking for something extra special, not necessities like food and shelter.
Christmas Gifts Of Food
Unfortunately, these are heartbreaking problems that can’t be solved by only Santa bringing some food on Christmas Day. If you’re inspired to help kids get the essentials they need all year round, consider donating to a local food pantry or shelter, or helping out a broader scale by donating to a food-based organization like Feeding America. Feeding America even has a backpack program which sends kids home from school with enough healthy foods to get their family through the weekend — so they’re alert and ready for class on Monday.
– Kristine Hope Kowalski