First Grader Flooded With Donations After Santa Letter Goes Viral

First grade teacher Ruth Espiricueta was teaching her six and seven-year-old students about the difference between wants and needs. As part of the lesson, the students were asked to write letters to Santa stating two things they wanted and one thing they needed for Christmas. What happened next was something the Texas elementary school teacher never expected.

While going through the students’ letters, Espiricueta discovered a shocking insight into one of her student’s home life. Seven-year-old Crystal Pacheco’s letter read, “I have binde good this day. This Christmas I would like a ball and a food. I need a blancet.”

This makes me very sad. When your students ask for food, blankets, or a bed instead of toys😔As a teacher it breaks my…

Posted by Ruth Espiricueta on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Espiricueta was heartbroken that one of her students was asking Santa for food as a *want*, and desperately needed a blanket in the cold Texas winter.

According to local news outlets, Espiricueta asked Crystal about her letter, and specifically why she needed a blanket more than food. Crystal’s response was, “Well, I get to eat at school—sometimes I may not have at home, but I get to eat at school. A blanket I have one, but it’s not warm enough.”

The courageous first grade teacher took to social media to plea for some much needed help for her students. After just a few days, donations started pouring in to the Texas elementary school.

The spirit of giving is always strongest around the holiday season, but it’s important to remember that students like Crystal could use some extra help for basic necessities all year round.