A Heartwarming Wish from a Caring Brother

Children’s wishes to Santa Claus aren’t always about toys and clothes. Sometimes, their wishes go beyond material possessions and touch our hearts. Let me share with you a heartwarming story from 2013 that will surely bring a smile to your face.

Karen Suffern, a mother from Rocky Mount, N.C., asked her 8-year-old twin children, Ryan and Amber, to write letters to Santa. Little did she know that their responses would surprise her.

In his letter, Ryan asked Santa to put an end to the bullying that his sister Amber faced at school. Instead of asking for toys and games, Ryan’s priority was to protect his sister. His genuine concern for Amber moved his mom and left her in awe.

Ryan’s letter read, “Dear Santa… I wanted a remote control car and helicopter, but I don’t want that anymore. Kids at school are still picking on Amber, and it’s not fair because she doesn’t do anything to them… I prayed that they will stop, but God is busy and needs your help. Is it against the rules to give the gift early?” (Please ignore the cute spelling mistakes!)

In his second wish, Ryan asked Santa to invite their favorite band, Big Time Rush, to Amber’s birthday party. He believed that this would make her happy. Ryan’s love for his sister was evident in every word he wrote.

When Karen shared Ryan’s letter on her Facebook page, it went viral around the world. People were touched by Ryan’s compassion and kindness. The story caught the attention of “Good Morning America,” and they reached out to Karen and her twins.

During an interview with “Good Morning America,” Amber bravely spoke about the bullying she endured. She shared the hurtful words that kids would use against her, but she also mentioned that she didn’t believe them. Ryan, on the other hand, expressed his desire to protect his sister from the bullies.

In an incredible turn of events, Big Time Rush surprised Amber with an early birthday present. They serenaded her with a special performance and invited her as a VIP guest to their concert in New York City. Ryan’s wish came true, and it brought a much-needed smile to Amber’s face.

Bullying is a serious issue, and it deeply affected Karen. She had experienced bullying in her own childhood, and she couldn’t bear to see her daughter go through the same pain. Amber, who is diagnosed with ADHD, depression, and a mood disorder, would often express her despair.

As soon as Karen heard Amber say, “sometimes I just feel like I wanna die so they’ll leave me alone,” she knew she had to take action. Karen reached out to the school, and thanks to Ryan’s letter, they started a dialogue to address the bullying situation. The school arranged for Amber to sit with her older cousin on the bus, away from the bullies.

Karen is now relieved to see positive changes. Amber no longer wakes up begging to stay home from school. The school’s efforts to make Amber feel comfortable and safe have made a noticeable difference.

This heartwarming story reminds us of the power of a simple, heartfelt letter. Ryan’s wish to protect his sister not only touched the hearts of those around him but also brought about positive change. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest act of kindness can make a big impact.

Let’s cherish the innocence and compassion of children like Ryan, who remind us of the importance of empathy and love.