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?"
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 to @L6Centre to sort food parcels for residents while passing post box I looked in it !! Just read a 7 yrs old letter Vote Labour pic.twitter.com/HgUBjkXj3C— Gerard Woodhouse (@GerardWoodhous1) November 17, 2019
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.
Actually brought me to tears. Sometimes I don’t appreciate how lucky I am but tonight I do— Reg Prescott NFFC (@s_d_j_h) November 17, 2019
This has inspired me. I was just sorting out our office secret Santa and also what trinkets I would buy for the people on my team.— GIRLY SWOT do do do do 🦈🔶 #FBPE 🇬🇧♥️🇪🇺 🌍♻️ (@LibDemAndrea) November 19, 2019
Instead I am asking for donations, which I will match and we are going buy as many dolls as we can manage and take them to our local food bank
Hi Gerard. I live in Norfolk but this story is horrendous. I would like to send something for this child if you know who she is. Or those like her. Please DM me. So upsetting. Thank you to the centre for all the parcels you provide and to @SFoodbanks up in the north.— Bridget James (@bmrjames) November 19, 2019
People around the globe have also offered to buy the little girl her own doll, some even prepared to mail her her Christmas wish.
You can do and drop it off at Liverpool six community Association 99 Queens Rd Liverpool L6 2NF open Monday Wednesday and Thursday till 6pm Tuesday and Friday till 3pm— Gerard Woodhouse (@GerardWoodhous1) November 19, 2019
Can I mail it? I’m a few thousand miles away in Alaska.— Adam Johnson (@SirAdamJohnson) November 19, 2019
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.