Newspapers.com presents a roundup of letters to Santa Claus from as far back as 1901. Most are pretty straightforward: I’ve been a good boy/girl, please bring me a GI Joe/dolly/pony, etc. But there was a letter dropped in a mailbox in 1992 that was reprinted across the country because it was so sad.
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“Dear Santa Clas, Please help my mom and dad this Christmas. My dad is not working anymore. We don’t get many food now. My mom gives us the food she would eat. Please help my mom an dad. I want to go to Heven too be with the angels. Can you bring me to Heven? My mom an dad woud not have too by things for me no more. That would make them happy. Plese bring my dad a job an some food. I live in my house like last year. We got candils. A city man took the lights a way. It looks like we don’t live heer no more. We do. I will wate for you too come in my room. I will not slep. Wen you give my dad a job and some food too my mom I will go with you and the rain deer. Merry Christmas too you Mrs. Clas too the elfs too. Thad.”
Readers donated a total of $17,000 for Thad and his family. Despite the efforts of many who tried to investigate, Thad was never identified, and the money was eventually given to the United Way. Read more letters to Santa from over the years at Fishwrap. -via Strange Company
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