A homeless child in Britain sent a heart-breaking letter to the North Pole, asking Santa Claus for a permanent home to settle down this Christmas.
Louis Williams, the 9-year-old who wrote to Santa Claus ahead of the holiday season, asking the guy in red to gift him a “forever home” where he can play with his lego, believes Christmas miracles do happen.
“I don’t want any new toys,” Louis wrote in his letter, Metro reported. “I just want all of my old toys that are in storage and I would like my old lego bedroom, with a desk to build my models. Everyone is sad living here and I just want us to be happy again.”
Since March, Louis has been living in a temporary accommodation along with his sisters Emilie and Olivia, after their mother, Nicola Williams, failed to pay rent despite working two jobs — a trainee teacher and running her own children’s party business.
Nicola said she was “gutted” when she read the letter her son had written, because at his age he should not even have been aware of such serious issues their family has been forced to face.
Louis, the homeless 9-year-old boy who asked Santa Claus for a permanent residence, currently lives in a two-bedroom maisonette in Dartford, in Kent, England, with a living room so small his family does not have enough space to put up a Christmas tree. Photo: Getty Images/ MARTTI KAINULAINEN
“I felt gutted reading his letter,” Nicola said. “It’s not right that all he’s asking for is a home for himself. Nobody asked him to write that, it’s just all he wants. He has never had a somewhere he can really call home. I feel like I’ve let him down. Seeing what all the other children are asking for, this breaks my heart. I do my best as a mother, but this was gutting.”
Louis addressed the letter to North Pole after he collapsed in school from the stress of their lack of accommodation. He currently lives in a two-bedroom maisonette in Dartford, in Kent, England, with a living room so small his family does not have enough space to put up a Christmas tree. In his life, Louis has lived in 14 houses which include two different council properties since the family became homeless.
The local council has been of no help, Nicola said, and her constant plea for help has fallen on deaf ears. This meant her family had to keep moving from one place to the next, giving Louis no opportunity to have a normal childhood.
Nicola said they were on the Dartford Council’s waiting list.
“I know there are people who will be more vulnerable than us, but it’s just not right that in this day and age a child should only be asking for a home this Christmas,” she said. “It winds me up because I work two jobs, I work really hard but just can’t afford the rent down here.”
As Louis grows up, it will become increasingly difficult for him to share a single bedroom with his sisters, Nicola said. However, if their present condition continues, it will be really difficult for him to have a space of his own.
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