This 13-year-old boy knew how to get President Obama’s attention this Christmas.
Malik Bryant, who lives in a high-crime neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side with his single mom and sisters, wrote a letter for a local annual Letters to Santa program via the public schools, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
He was one of about 8,500 kids who participated in the program.
Flagged for his wish to be safe, his letter made its way – through Democratic Rep. Michael Quigley – to the White House.
The letter said:
“Dear Santa: I would like to ask you sum[thing] but first Imma tell you about me. Im a black African American … My favorite subject is math. I have 2 siblings living with me and I’m the only boy on my Moms side of my family. But anyway all I ask for is for safety. I just wanna be safe.”
On Saturday, he received a response dated Dec.22. by way of certified mail, the Sun-Times reported.
It was addressed to Mr. Malik Bryant and signed by President Barack Obama:
I want to offer you a few words of encouragement this holiday season.
Each day, I strive to ensure communities like yours are safe places to dream, discover, and grow. Please know your security is a priority for me in everything I do as President. If you dare to be bold and creative, work hard every day, and care for others, I’m confident you can achieve anything you imagine.
I wish you and your family the very best for the coming year, and I will be rooting for you.
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