Local 7-year-old asks Santa for blanket, food in heartbreaking Christmas letter

A 7-year-old girl’s heartbreaking letter to Santa has encouraged concerned residents in Edinburg ─ and even overseas ─ to reach out with an act of kindness.

Last week, first-grader Crystal Pacheco was instructed to write down her Christmas wishes as part of an in-class assignment, and her teacher was shocked to find that Crystal merely asked for a ball, some food and a blanket. Crystal’s teacher shared the girl’s letter on Facebook. with this message:
“This makes me very sad. When your students ask for food, blankets, or a bed instead of toys😔 As a teacher it breaks my heart when I hear them ask for things that we sometimes take for granted. Hopefully I will be able to fulfill at least one of their Christmas wishes”
Children shouldn’t have to ask for basic items like this. It’s heartbreaking. The response was incredible!
“What size does this little girl wear?” asked one commenter.
“Just reading this from the UK,” wrote another. “I would love to send something over via Amazon. Is there a school address we can use?”
One woman, Nashley Garcia, even arrived at the school with 20 blankets to pass out to students, as well as three balls and a special Avengers blanket for the unnamed student in Espiricueta’s post, who she initially believed to be a boy, The Washington Post reported. After meeting Crystal, Garcia ran back out for a Shopkins blanket, she said. As of Saturday, the school had received more than 600 blankets and counting. Pacheco’s mother stated that her daughter had asked for the ball to share with her brother, and “to have food at the house and a blanket because the house is too cold.” Crystal’s teacher said she never would have guessed the girl was in such need, at least not judging by her demeanor in class. MORE BLESSINGS! Upon hearing the news, the Martinez family (Martinez Furniture), Gracie Martinez and Ramon Martinez, awarded this little girls family with a $250 HEB gift card. The story has gone viral and has been picked up across the world. It’s incredible to see the Christmas spirit come alive this season. Bless all of you and have a Merry Christmas!  

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