Boy in domestic violence shelter sends heart-wrenching letter to Santa asking for a 'good dad'

A boy’s letter to Santa is going viral for a heartbreaking reason.

This week, SafeHaven of Tarrant County — a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Fort Worth, Texas — shared a heartfelt plea to Santa written by a 7-year-old boy named Blake. According to SafeHaven, Blake is staying with his mom in a shelter.

The boy’s mother found the letter in his backpack weeks ago, after they’d sought refuge in the shelter. Blake explains the situation in his letter to Santa, writing, “We had to leave our house. Dad was mad. We had to do all the chores. Dad got everything he wanted. Mom said it was time to leave and she would take us to a safer place where we don’t have to be scared.”

He added that he was “still nervous” and reluctant to hang out with other kids in the shelter. Noting that he didn’t have his belongings with him, Blake asked for a few gifts: chapter books, a dictionary, compass and a watch.

But it was his final request that has struck a chord with the public: “I also want a very, very, very good dad. Can you do that too?”

SafeHaven posted the note to raise awareness about the need for donations. The shelter also added a note responding to commenters concerned that it had violated the boy’s privacy by making his letter public.

“We so appreciate everyone's concern over the safety of Blake and his family,” SafeHaven wrote. “Victim safety has been our priority for over 40 years, and we would never compromise that through a social media post or otherwise. Blake and his mom are safe! Thank you for your concern for his family.”

The post has gone viral, with many well-wishers offering messages of support for Blake and his mom.

“I heart you, baby,” read one comment. “I once had to leave home with my kids too. But when your mom is brave enough to take you to a safe place, she will do what she can to make you happy and keep you safe. Thank you for being so amazing, brave and wonderful.”

“Just as I was having a really bad day at work and feeling sorry for myself I see this post,” added another Facebook poster. “Puts things in perspective. I'm actually crying for this child but I am glad he is in a safe place for Christmas. I'm praying for everyone who's in the same situation but hasn't found their safe place yet.”

Donations to the shelter can be made here. The shelter also has an Amazon wish list, which includes a request for basic clothing items, strollers and children’s furniture.

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