A Santa letter asking for a blanket from a South Texas girl has now provided complete coverage with enough donations for every student at her elementary school, CNN reported.
Crystal Pacheco's letter to Santa asking for a blanket and food sparked donations earlier this month for the school after her first-grade teacher, Ruth Espiricueta, posted it on her Facebook page. Since then, Monte Cristo Elementary School in Edinburg, Texas, had been flooded with donations, CNN noted.
Monte Cristo's principal started the blanket drive hoping to get a blanket donated for all 724 students, most of whom live in poverty, CNN said. The network said the school surpassed the total in several days and has received more than 900 blankets from as far away as New Zealand and Germany.
Maria Cortez, Crystal's mother, told the Valley Town Crier that she was proud of her daughter, saying she did not know about the Santa letter until a teacher visited her at their home. The website said that Cortez became emotional learning that Crystal wrote it.
"Like my daughter said, with a little is a lot," Cortez told the Town Crier.
Cortez told the website that her children value what they have and that she was grateful to everyone who donated to her daughter and the school.
Edinburg school district Superintendent Rene Gutierrez told the Valley Town Crier that many of the families in the district are needy, particularly during the holiday season. He said that about 70 percent of students face some sort of economic disadvantage.
"Some students go home and they don't have a heater," Gutierrez told the Town Crier. "They may not have food on the table, may not have the basic needs to study and do homework."
Lack of those basic needs can be hard on children, Espiricueta told ABC News earlier.
"Unfortunately, there are other students that as part of their needs they included food, towels, blankets, pillows, bed, clothes, shoes and a stove," the teacher told ABC News. "Some of my students were not even excited about Christmas because they know that their parents cannot afford to buy a Christmas tree or gifts for them."
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