The Boy Didn’t Want Presents From Santa, He Asked Santa To Help His Sister Instead

Sometimes, kids nowadays surprise us with their wishes. It’s not just about toys and clothes anymore. Sometimes, they ask for things that really catch us off guard. This is a story from the year 2013 that shows one of these surprising wishes.

When a mom named Karen asked her 8-year-old twins, Ryan and Amber, to write a letter to Santa, she was surprised by what they wrote.

Ryan asked Santa to help stop kids at school from being mean to his sister Amber, who was in the third grade and dealing with bullies every day. Karen thought they would ask for regular things like toys, books, or clothes.

Courtesy Karen Suffern

In the very first thing Ryan asked for, he wrote… “Dear Santa… I wanted a [remote control] car and helicopter, but I don’t want that any mor.

Kid at school are still picking on Amber and its not fair because she doesnt do anything to them…,. “I prayed that they will stop but god is bisy and needs your help. Is it against the rules to give the gift early?”

(Don’t mind the words being spelled wrong. He’s just a sweet little kid, after all.)

In his second wish he wrote, “Can you ask Big Time Rush to come to Amber’s birthday party? It will make her so happy. If you can’t get them to come but just get her everything she asks for. Thanks, Santa,”

Karen Suffern

Amber really liked the Big Time Rush band, and they were super popular in New York City.

Karen said, “Ryan handed me his and told me not to read it so of course, I read it to find out what he wanted,” “That’s when I realized and thought, ‘Oh, my gosh.’”

Karen put the letter on her Facebook page to show her family and some friends. They liked it a lot and shared it with people all around the world because they found Ryan’s words touching. “It’s amazing and overwhelming at the same time,” Karen said.

“When ‘Good Morning America’ read his letter, they called Karen and her twins. And guess what? One of his wishes came true that day with the help of ‘Good Morning America’!”


“When Amber talked to Josh Elliott, who is on Good Morning America, she told him that some kids at school are mean to her, but she doesn’t understand why.”

During the talk, Amber shared with Elliott. “They say I’m fat. I’m stupid. I’m ugly. And I’m hideous. I don’t really believe them,”

“When Ryan said he’d rather have kids ask him for things instead of his sister, she said, ‘You don’t have to do that.’ ‘Yes, I do,’ he replied. Amber thinks Ryan is a fun, energetic, and caring brother. That’s why she was touched about his letter to Santa.”

Surprise! Big Time Rush had a special gift for Amber on her birthday. They showed up when she least expected it, singing her favorite songs. It made her happy. And guess what? They even invited her to a cool concert in New York City as their special guests!


Now, let’s talk about bullying. Karen knew that her daughter was being treated badly at school, and it made her really sad. Karen said, “My daughter would tell me about the things other kids said to her at school.

They would encourage her to do strange things, like crawling on the bus floor or eating things off the chairs. It hurt me because I worried she might feel the way I did when I was her age. It seemed like a repeating problem.”

When Karen was a kid, some mean people were unkind to her. She told her friend Amber that sometimes she felt so sad that she wished she could just die. After that, Karen decided she didn’t want those bad feelings anymore, and she wanted it to stop.

“As soon as those words came out of her mouth, I literally felt my heart stop,” Karen said, getting emotional. “I told her I would do everything I could to protect her.”


Karen told others that Amber had some troubles with paying attention, feeling sad a lot, and having different moods.

Thanks to a letter from Ryan, Karen got a chance to talk to the school about it, and it helped make things better for Amber.

Karen told me, “The school called and they’re helping my daughter feel happy and safe.

They changed her bus seat because most of the teasing happens there. Now, she sits with her older cousin. Today and yesterday, she didn’t ask to stay home, so that’s good.

This proves that a letter from a little one can really make a big difference.”