'I Want a Very Good Dad': Boy in a Domestic Violence Shelter Writes Worrying Letter to Santa

Dec 21, 2021
02:00 P.M.
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In 2019, a little boy had a unique Christmas wish. He hoped Santa would be able to give him something unexpected. He longed for a good father. Netizens had a lot to say about the boy's letter. 

When the festive season approached, things were not looking happy or jolly for seven-year-old Blake and his family. He asked Santa to help and wrote a letter that has since gone viral. 

The youngster's mother found a letter in her son's backpack and was emotional after reading it—as were thousands of netizens. The little boy made a few simple requests in the letter, but one of his wishes stood out above the rest.

A young boy asks Santa to give him a good dad for Christmas | Photo: facebook.com/safehaventc



While Blake asked Santa for a few books and a compass, his final request caught many eyes. In his note, he said: "I also want a very, very, very good dad. Can you do that too?" Blake and his mother left their Texas home due to domestic violence.

As per the letter, they needed to find a "safer place" to live. SafeHaven of Tarrant County was that place and offered the family some much-needed assistance and comfort. 



People were touched by the letter, and many applauded the safe house. One user wrote: "Thank you, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, for being there for Blake and his family. Thank you for being there 10 years ago for my kids and me. We were safe."

Another added: "I wish I could afford to help everybody in need. Merry Christmas, Blake. I will be praying for you and your mom." The family arrived at the safe house before Thanksgiving and spent some time there.

Netizens react to a letter in which a boy asks Santa for a good father | Photo: facebook.com/safehaventc



The nonprofit agency has helped many families looking for a safe place. Micah Thompson, a representative for SafeHaven of Tarrant County, shared that they often find letters written by the kids staying with them. 

She expressed that the note caught their eye because it "was an emotional mix of a normal kid asking for his wishes from Santa but also explaining what it's like to be a child who is away from home in a scary place for the holidays." 



Users who read the note revealed how it affected them. One netizen stated: "Just as I was having a really bad day at work and feeling sorry for myself, I see this post. Puts things in perspective. I'm actually crying for this child."

Fortunately, the SafeHaven of Tarrant County received generous donations and provided Blake with most of his Christmas wishes. Thousands of people look for safety at their shelter every year, and they do the best that they can to help families, just like Blake and his mom.  


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