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Wants vs. Needs: How A Letter To Santa Taught the Greatest Lesson

Posted on February 8, 2018 in Education Education News Public Education

After a class discussion on wants and needs, Ruth Espiricueta’s class wrote letters to Santa.

Out of the mouths of babes….so the saying goes. Crystal’s letter simply asked Santa for food, a blanket, and a ball for her brother. Surprisingly simple, really, from a first grader. But maybe the discussion about needs and wants made her realize what was most important. I think sometimes we don’t give kids enough credit, especially at that age, to make good choices, or be thoughtful on a deeper level. In this instance, I believe Crystal understood.

Crystal Pachecho from Monte Cristo Elementary School in Edinburg, Texas most likely had no idea that her letter to Santa would spark a monumental outpouring, fulfilling not only her need but those of her classmates as well!

But when Ms. Espiricueta read the letter, it grieved her considering how happy Crystal always seemed to be, despite her need. So she posted Crystal’s letter on Facebook and from there, it went viral!

Video of Crystal…

Not only did Crystal receive a blanket, but also 724 of her fellow school mates (the entire school population!) An additional 176 blankets were also received, and more are still arriving…not just from Texas, but also from around the world, like New Zealand and Germany! More than one in five children in Texas — about 22.4 percent — live in poverty, according to 2016 data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
In light of the 30,000 students in the school district who are at or near poverty, these donations will be a welcome gift as the winter season arrives. All due to a little girl’s letter to Santa.