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December 14, 2017

Fourth-grader's Christmas wish-list: New shoes, 'happier life'


Fourth-grader’s Christmas wish-list: New shoes, ‘happier life’

NEW ORLEANS —During the holidays, some children ask for electronics, and others look for toys…



During the holidays, some children ask for electronics, and others look for toys under the Christmas tree. One child in the New Orleans area wants something longer-lasting.

District B City Councilor-elect Jay Banks recently posted on his Facebook page a photo of a form for the Angel Tree program at the Dryades YMCA. It’s an annual event that helps get Christmas presents to children.

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Banks said one of the forms he selected was from a fourth-grade boy who asked for only two things: new shoes and a happier life.

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“I don’t specifically remember much about the 4th grade, but I do know I wasn’t wishing for a happier life,” Banks wrote in his Facebook post.

Banks said it was one of the “most frustrating things” he’s ever seen. He said most children who have the opportunity typically ask for a new bicycle or electronics.

“But for a 4th grader to ask for a happier life is heart-wrenching,” Banks wrote.

Banks told WDSU-TV that it’s difficult to imagine what the boy is going through. He said the boy was not identified, but YMCA organizers have reached out to him and his family.

It’s not just this child people should only think about this holiday season, Banks said. He said children across the country are facing similar situations and that it should be a reminder for people to consider volunteering or participating in similar programs.

The Dryades YMCA collects donations year-round for its programs. More information can be found on the organization’s website.

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