Homeless boy writes a heartbreaking letter to Santa asking for a home
While the majority of us will spend Christmas surrounded by our loved ones with plenty of food and a solid roof over our heads, not everyone is as lucky. Christmas is meant to be a time of joy, excess and enjoyment, but for those people who are struggling to get by, it can be a time of strife and sadness.
This is certainly the case for one family, whose nine-year-old boy has written to Father Christmas asking for just one thing: a home for his family.
Louis Williams wrote to Santa saying that he wanted his own "forever home" where can play with his lego. His mother Nicola Williams said that she was left feeling heartbroken by the handwritten note. The mom and her young family have been living in temporary accommodation since March. His heartbreaking letter reads:
"To Santa, this year for Christmas please can I have a forever home.
"I don’t want any new toys I just want all of my old toys that are in storage and I would like my own Lego bedroom with a desk to build my models.
"Everyone is sad living here and I just want us to be happy again.
"Thank you and have a lovely Christmas, love from Louis Williams."
Despite the fact she works two jobs as a trainee teacher and running her own children's party business, the family were made homeless after Nicola struggled to make enough money to keep up with the rent.
Louis has had 14 different homes in his short life - including two different properties since the family became homeless. The family are currently living in a two-bedroom maisonette in Darftord, UK, however, the living room doesn't even have enough room to put up a Christmas tree.
Nicola, 31, claims that she is constantly let down by the council, meaning that the family have to keep on moving.
"I felt gutted reading his letter. 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," she said.
"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."
Nicola and her family are on a waiting list for permanent housing with Dartford Council and she is aware that the families situation could be worse.
"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"
The mother-of-three claims that Louis wrote to Santa after he became so stressed by the damp conditions in their house that he collapsed at school.
According to Shelter, there are over 125,000 homeless children living in Britain today - a stat that is truly horrifying in this day and age. Hopefully, Santa will see the letter of the little boy and will be able to grant him his wish for a forever home.