After a letter to Santa from a 7-year old Northeast Texas boy went viral, local musician and former ‘Voice’ contestant Trey Rose has risen to the challenge to help the boy, and his mom have a better Christmas than they hoped.
The letter was posted to social media from SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a shelter assisting families healing from violent relationships.
“Blake is a 7-year-old boy in one of our shelters, and his mom found this letter to Santa in his backpack a few weeks ago,” the shelter posted to social media.
The letter reads:
We had to leave our house. Dad was mad. We had to do all the chores. Dad got everything he wanted. Mom said it was time to leave, and she would take us to a safer place where we don’t have to be scared.
I’m still nervous. I don’t want to talk to the other kids. Are you going to come this Christmas? We don’t have any of our stuff here. Can you bring some chapter books, a dictionary, and a compass and a watch? I also want a very, very, very good dad. Can you do that, too?
Since its original posting, the letter to Santa has gone viral across the country. One of the first to pick it up was Rose, who decided to do his part to give young Blake a special Christmas.
“I’m playing a show at Muddy Jake’s in Sulphur Springs, TX this Saturday at 9 p.m.,” Rose posted on his Facebook page.
He further added that he’ll have a tip bucket set up in front of the stage with every single penny going to Blake and his mom.
“Do me a favor and share the hell out of this. Merry Christmas,” he posted.
Since he reached out to his fans, Rose’s post has been shared over 430 times, and these situations Rose says are very near and dear to his heart.
“Both Trey and I have received numerous calls and texts from people reaching out to help. It’s amazing what can happen from a single post. We hope that Blake and his mom are safe for Christmas, and those that are in a similar situation can get to safety as they did,” said Rose’s manager Chris Gunn. “We also like to encourage people to donate where they can to local shelters throughout the year and not just during the holiday season.”
“Thanks to your donations through Santa’s Sack, Blake is getting exactly what he asked for from Santa,” the shelter posted on Dec 18.
Anyone looking to support children like Blake and families who are domestic violence survivors, you can reach out to local organizations such as CASA for Kids, New Hope Center or the SAFE-T, to get information on how you could help a local family in need.