Homeless Kids’ Letters To Santa Remind Us Not Everyone Will Have A Happy Holiday (How To Help)
Not every child will wake up on Dec. 25 to a mound of presents under the Christmas tree. Some won’t even wake up with a permanent roof over their head.
Youth homelessness in the U.S. has reached unprecedented levels. According to a report released last month by the National Center on Family Homelessness, nearly 2.5 million American children were without stable shelter at some point in 2013 — an all-time high.
“While losing one’s home is difficult for anyone, it is devastating for a child,” the Coalition For The Homeless claims, noting kids must cope with losing friends, prized possessions and the comforts of familiar surroundings when they become homeless.
The New York City-based organization, which provides various services for those experiencing homelessness, received letters from children living in local family shelters. And from looking at the children’s wish lists, they’re hoping to celebrate the holidays the same way their peers do.
See below to read some of the letters to Santa collected by the coalition: