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Dear Santa: Send Love to Newtown

I wrote this last night after pulling off the road on my way home. Those that have read it have said they felt moved by it, so I thought I might share it with your town.

Dear Santa,
You know that I write you, around this time each year.
And I know that you're busy with all the toys and reindeer.

This time I'm not asking for gifts or any Christmas snow
I'm writing to you this year cause there's something you should know.

Look through your stack of letters or perhaps use your list
I know you're oh so busy but I really must insist

There's only about 20 names that you should find.
This is my only wish this year, Santa I hope that you don't mind

Those special boys and girls whose names I do not know
They got taken away today so I'm afraid that you won't go

Those kids may not need you but their mommies surely will
Their daddies' hearts need some mending of the holes it's torn in them

So please take my presents and change them into hugs
And throw them down their chimneys with all your Christmas love.

And for the man who did this while, I want to be so cruel
Give some hugs to his family from me, because I'm sure they'll need them too

 

Brandon Kelley 12/14/2012

"I know that no words have been entered into the dictionary to describe how this feels, but I hope that if enough people try, maybe some kind of peace can be found. Thinking of you and your families from Atlanta."

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Melissa Bradshaw December 18, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Amazing, thank you so much for sharing. We are trying to spread love and hope to Newtown as well, and have created a page dedicated to the everyone touched by this tragedy. It is a place to share prayers and condolences, as well as a place for people to see that we can all make a difference. I will be very thankful if you would give it a look, and "like" it to show your support. Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasForNewtown
Lisa S December 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Beautiful Brandon. Thank you for your prayers for our community.
PHILIP L. MOSHER December 21, 2012 at 04:19 AM
DEAR BRANDON, FROM AND OLD TROOPER, MAY I SAY THAT YOUR POEM WAS BEAUTIFUL AND BROUGHT BACK MANY SAD MEMORIES OF YEARS OF SAD SITUATIONS . I WILL NEVER FORGET THOSE CHILDREN WHO I SAW DIE, THEY WILL ALWAYS BE WITH ME. GOD BLESS YOU, THE PARENTS, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN WHO HAVE JUST MADE HEAVEN SO MUCH BRIGHTER.
Ronald Colson December 27, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Thanks for the info, but what about Brandon' s wonderful poem? I think you forgot to tell the young man how special he is.
Ronald Colson December 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Brandon I just joined patch today. As a Christian and a Father it takes a lot of faith to deal with some of the things that are dealt to you. Your poem showing the love and unselfishness that you have and very few others do. The forgiveness you express for such a horrible act, while most others are enraged. Your actions and attitude can be found throughout the Bible. You are a blessing and your parents should be commended for the way they are raising you. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

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