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Donations for Texas first grader pour in after Santa letter goes viral

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EDINBURG, Texas -

Hundreds of donations have flooded into a Texas elementary school after a teacher posted a 7-year-old's letter to Santa Claus on Social media Wednesday.

Ruth Espiricueta taught her students the difference between wants and needs and then asked them to write a letter to Santa with two wants and one need. She never expected one of her students to ask for something as simple as food.

"I have binde good this day. This Christmas I would like a ball and a food. I need a blancet," wrote 7-year-old Crystal Pacheco.

"I started reading them and it's like, I did not expect her to say, ‘I need food. I want food, but I need a blanket more,'" Espiricueta told KGBT in Edinburg, Texas. "And I asked, ‘Well, why do you need a blanket more than the food?’ ‘Well, I get to eat at school—sometimes I may not have at home, but I get to eat at school. A blanket I have one, but it's not warm enough."

The teacher posted a photo of the letter on social media and since then donations have poured in to Monte Cristo Elementary School.

Pacheco's mother, Maria Cortez, told KGBT she's proud of her daughter for the letter she wrote.

“I'm just very emotional and proud of my children, because I raise them to appreciate the little that we have," Cortez said.

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