When Ruth Espiricueta told her first graders to write a letter to Santa and ask him for two things they want and one thing they need, she didn’t expect one of her students to make such a simple request.
"I have binde good this day,” wrote 7-year-old Crystal Pacheco, a student at Monte Cristo Elementary in Edinburg, Texas, according to KGBT. “This Christmas I would like a ball and a food. I need a blancet.”
So Espiricueta asked the young girl why she wanted food and needed a blanket, KGBT reported.
“‘Well, I get to eat at school — sometimes I may not have at home, but I get to eat at school’,” she recalled Crystal as saying. “‘A blanket I have one, but it's not warm enough.’"
Crystal’s mother, Maria Isabel Cortez, told KRGV that her daughter wrote that touching letter with her brother in mind.
“She said she wanted the ball to play with him,” she said, “food to have food at the house and a blanket because the house is too cold.”
The letter was a wake-up call for Espiricueta, who told KRGV that “it made me realize that some of these kids don't have anything to stay warm at night.”
So the Texas teacher took to Facebook to share the heartbreaking letter from Crystal.
And the donations just started pouring in, KRGV reported, with people sending over 600 blankets and other items to children at the school.
Espiricueta wrote on Facebook that the goal is to get 726 blankets, so every student at her school can be warm at night.
But judging by pictures posted on Facebook, the kids at Monte Cristo Elementary will be getting a lot more than just a snug blanket.
That influx of gifts is important, the teacher said, because many of her students’ families are unable to take advantage of local charities.
“Most of the parents don't have forms of transportation or are scared because of their immigration status,” Espiricueta wrote on Facebook. “Our school is zoned to an area where students have many needs academically, financial and emotionally.”
Donations for students like Crystal, who said her favorite character is Barbie, can be dropped off at 4010 N Doolittle Rd, Edinburg, Texas 78542.