Fall will be here soon and the search for the perfect Halloween has already begun for many, but for one family, it's time to plan for Christmas. On September 16, 2013, CNN shared a letter written by a boy who didn't ask for video games or toys, but for Santa to make kids stop bullying his sister.
Ryan and Amber are 8-year-old, fraternal twins from North Carolina who live with their mom, Karen Suffern. In order to budget for the upcoming holidays, Suffern asked the twins to write a list of things they wanted from Santa. She was expecting the lists to include electronics and other pricey items, considering the twins were now in the third grade. With tears in her eyes, Suffern read Ryan's letter telling Santa that he prayed the kids would stop picking on Amber, but God is busy and needed Santa's help.
"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," wrote Ryan.
Amber is bullied because of her size, she is 140 pounds, almost two times bigger than Ryan. Suffern said that Ryan has told her about the bullying and had an idea Amber was being teased, but did not know the extent of it. She also said that Amber always asks to stay home from school, but never told her about the bullying.
"Is it against the rules to give a gift early? Can you ask Big Time Rush to come to Amber's B-day party, it will make her so happy," said Ryan.
She said the letter sheds new light on her daughter's situation and will be speaking to the parents of the children bullying Amber, as well as school officials.
Ryan's selfless letter to Santa has pulled on the heartstrings of thousands of people who have read it. Especially on a day where a family said their final goodbyes to another young victim who was bullied to the point of taking her own life. 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick was laid to rest in Florida today.