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One a day Live

7-year-old's heartbreaking letter to Santa inspires true Christmas spirit

By Anna O'Donoghue

Hundreds of donations have poured in at an Elementary School in Texas after a 7-year-old’s letter to Santa went viral.

The little girl’s teacher posted a picture of the handwritten letter on Facebook after she was taken back by what she asked for.

Ruth Espiricueta, was giving her class a lesson in the difference between wanting and needing things. She then gave them the exercise to write a letter to Santa asking him for something they want and something they need.

“I have been good this day. This Christmas I would like a ball and a food. I need a blanket,” the student wrote.

The next day, Espiricueta asked the student about her letter to Santa.

The girl said she wanted a ball, rather than a doll, so both she and her brother could play with the toy. She told the teacher she wanted eggs for food.

People on the social media platform have since reached out to the school and donated hundreds blankets and supplies for the students in need this Christmas.

The school hopes to get 724 blankets to give to each student; so far they have 616.