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Texas First-Grader’s Letter Asking Santa For Food, ‘Blancet’ Yields Donations For Her School

Ruth Espiricueta
Ruth Espiricueta shared this letter from her first-grade student last week. Since then, there's been an outpouring of donations for the students at the South Texas school.

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A South Texas first-grader’s letter to Santa has warmed hearts far and wide.

Crystal Pacheco’s letter read: “I have binde good this day. This Christmas I would like a ball and a food. I need a blancet.”

Ruth Espiricueta, her teacher at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Edinburg, shared the letter last week, saying “it breaks my heart” to hear students ask for things that many take for granted.

Edinburg is located in Hidalgo County, where about 45 percent of the children and nearly 34 percent of its population live in poverty, according to the Washington Post.

Many people felt the same as Espiricueta. A woman named Nashley Garcia from neighboring McAllen brought 20 blankets for students and special gifts for Pacheco the day after Espiricueta posted on Facebook, the Post reported.

Since then, tons of donations have poured in, and the school now has more than 600 blankets with a goal of about 720, KTRKreported Monday. 

Any more beyond that will go to other students and families in need, Espiricueta said in a follow-up post on Facebook. 

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