- Publish Date
- Sunday, 19 November 2017, 5:57PM
A charity has lifted the lid on what Christmas is like for poverty-stricken children, publicising what kids want for Christmas.
Rayn Boncie started Things of My Very Own, Inc. out of her home in 2008 in order to bridge the gap between what social service entities were able to provide and what children need.
The charity took to Facebook to reveal what less fortunate children wanted for Christmas, and the results were tear-jerking.
"I want school snacks so I'm not the only one not eating during snack time at school. I wear size 12 and I like Pokémon," one child wrote.
One 11-year-old asked Santa for "warm blankets and a coat. I have a single bed. I like the colour blue, I wear size 16 and I am a nice person".
CEO of Things of My Very Own Inc, Rayn Boncie, also told WNYT 13 News: "One little boy asked for feminine hygiene products for his younger sister."
The charity is running a holiday gift drive for children by writing their wish lists on tags, which are picked up by people who want to donate the gifts.
Boncie said kids are requesting toys as well as basic needs like food.
"Some of the families that we work with get food stamps but run out at the end of the month."
The organisation helps an estimated five to seven thousand children and families each year.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.