'Can we have a home': Girl's letter to Santa prompts outpouring of donations

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Photo:Gettyimages/istock 

A little girl's letter to Santa has gone viral after she asked for a home, some food and a "nice doll" for Christmas.

The seven-year-old's letter was found in a Santa Post Box outside the L6 Community Centre in Liverpool, England and shared on Twitter by Labour Councillor Gerald Woodhouse.

"Dear Father Christmas, Can you help?" she wrote. "Can we have a home for Christmas? Mam wants us to be all together. Can you give us some food and can I have just a nice doll for Christmas?"

Woodhouse tweeted, "Last week @L6Centre we started getting down Xmas decorations we placed The Santa post box in the cafe until grotto is set up. Today, I went into @L6Centre to sort food parcels for residents while passing post box I looked in it!! Just read a 7 yrs old letter."

It has since been shared nearly 300 times.

"It was so upsetting to read," Woodhouse told Sky News of the note. "I know the children, and it's not right that a seven-year-old child is worrying about Christmas in November. There is no one around to support these children."

The little girl has two siblings aged four and ten.

Woodhouse's tweet has prompted an outpouring of support, with many offering to volunteer for the not-for-profit organisation or donate money and gifts.

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People around the globe have also offered to buy the little girl her own doll, some even prepared to mail her her Christmas wish.

As well as finding her a doll, according to Woodhouse, the community centre is trying to assist the family and get them into a hotel for Christmas Day.