Wednesday 18 October 2017

Family 'overwhelmed' after son's letter to Santa asks for toys to be sent to Philippines

'I'm so proud of my little man,' says his mother

The mother of a young boy who asked Santa for a cheap toy so the rest could be sent to children in the Philippines says she is very proud of him.

Generous Niall Christian O'Farrell (7) from Cork is looking for a six-pack of soldiers, worth €13 from a well-known toy store so that the rest of the toys he would have received can go to children affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November.

"They lost their houses and schools because of the tifoon," Niall Christian wrote.

"I love you Santa Claus. Thank you. bye-bye."

His mother, Novie O'Farrell said she was so surprised when he gave her the letter.

"Not in our wildest dreams did we think our son would write a letter like this. My husband was touched. I had an Oscar Awards moment and started crying," she said.

"Who would think a 7-year-old would write that. I am just so proud. I wanted everyone to know how proud I am of him."

Ms O'Farrell originally sent the letter to the Cork Independent Facebook page, where it was picked up and went viral, with thousands of Facebook likes since.

"It's unbelievable. I never thought it would go viral. My brother in Dubai called me last night [after he saw it]. He said I was cheeky for not telling him.

"[Niall Christan] is delighted with himself. He's all smiles. I told him Santa sent them his letter."

Since the letter went viral, a number of strangers have got in contact with the family, offering to buy young Niall Christian toys. Instead, Ms O'Farrell is asking people to donate those toys to a charity in his name. This idea has the generous schoolboy's blessing.

"I told him that because of him, these kids will have a Happy Christmas. He said 'Yes mommy, I like that.'

"I always tell my kids that the true essence of Christmas is giving instead of receiving,"

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