When Blake wrote an annual letter to Santa as a 7-year-old, he probably did not expect that his words would be read by people all around the world.
His mom then noticed the letter in his bag, and it went viral after it was posted on a local domestic violence shelter’s Facebook page.
In the letter, which was written in a heartbreaking manner, Blake talked about his experiences during his time in the shelter.
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.
I’m still nervous. I don’t want to talk to the other kids. Are you going to come this Christmas? We don’t have any of our stuff here. Can you bring some chapter books, a dictionary, and a compass and a watch? I also want a very very very good dad. Can you do that too?
According to Kathryn Jacob, the CEO of SafeHaven, the organization that posted the letter, they never expected it to get so much attention.
After the shelter posted the letter, it received several donations of toys for the kids staying at the facility.
The letter was a common story that SafeHaven has heard all the time, according to Jacob.
Since the shelter has around 73 kids in its facility, Blake is just one of many.
The staff members were also surprised by the response from the other women who have been victims of domestic violence.