Many of kids want toys for Christmas. A lot of children, however, want clothes, electronics, and many other things. For a Chicago teen, all he want is to be safe.
Malik Bryant wrote a letter to President Obama asking for nothing but safety in his community and to be able to walk the streets of Chicago without being a victim to violence. The 13-year-old wrote the letter as part of the DirectEffect Charities program in Englewood. That letter was then passed on to U.S. Rep. Michael Quigley, who then presented the letter to President Barack Obama.
However, Bryant got a letter in return from the President himself:
I want to offer you a few words of encouragement this holiday season.
Each day, I strive to ensure communities like yours are safe places to dream, discover, and grow. Please know your security is a priority for me in everything I do as President. If you dare to be bold and creative, work hard every day, and care for others, I’m confident you can achieve anything you imagine.
I wish you and your family the very best for the coming year, and I will be rooting for you.
The letter wasn’t opened until Sunday and he was very pleased to know that the ruler of this country wrote him back.
This is definitely one Christmas he will never forget.