Little girl’s plea to Santa is touching hearts around the world

An 8-year-old girl’s heartfelt letter to Santa is giving a glimpse into how the COVID-19 epidemic is affecting children around the world.

“Dear Santa,” wrote Kourtney Wood, who lives in the UK, “All I would like for Christmas is for the world to go back to normal! I don’t know if you can do that but if you can’t do that it is OK. I don’t mind if I have nothing, I do have everything, well, I do have everything I need. Thank you.”

Kourtney Wood, an 8-year-old in the UK, wrote a letter to Santa Claus where she requested no gifts. Credit: NBC

Kourtney’s mum, Samantha Dicken, discovered the letter while she was cleaning her daughter’s bedroom last month.

“I was absolutely gobsmacked,” Dickens, 34, told NBC TODAY Parents. “I knew she’d been struggling with lockdown and COVID. But it really hit me when I saw it on paper.”

Dicken, a medical assistant, noted that in previous years Kourtney has asked for tablets, slime toys and craft kits.

“Now she just wants her old life,” Dicken explained. “It was just heartbreaking.”

Samantha Dicken and her daughter, Kourtney Wood.
Samantha Dicken and her daughter, Kourtney Wood. Credit: NBC

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