Boy asks Santa to help his friend with cerebral palsy
"I want you to give a special person a very special gift. His name is Dakota and I want you to give him the ability to play sports, have special friends and for people to be kind to him."
Those were the words that moved Gladstone man David Bromilow to tears.
It was a letter written by a boy named Silas, a grade 5 boy in the USA, about his friend Dakota, who has cerebral palsy.
During one of Dakota's classes, the students were asked to write letters to Santa, detailing what they wanted for Christmas.:
I want you to give a special person a very special gift. His name is Dakota and I want you to give him the ability to play sports, have special friends and for people to be kind to him.
First of all, you can let him have the ability to play sports. You can do that by giving him the ability to have the same speed, strength, agility and balance as us. If you give him this he would be the happiest person in the history of people.
Next, you can give him special friends. You can do that by giving people the ability to be friendly and spend time with him. It would be the best day of his life. And it would help him out.
The last thing I want you to do is for you to make people be kind to him. For you to make people to be kind to him, all you can do is give people the ability of kindness
I want you to do this because Dakota is a very special person. He is a very special person to me, his family, his friends and mostly God. If you can do this, Dakota would be happy. And his family would be happy too."
David was scrolling through his Facebook feed when he came across the post from friend Kristy Thomas, Dakota's mother, he shared the letter on his own Facebook, so the kind message would go viral.
David said he was personally touched by the letter because he has grown up around people with the disability.
"It's a really hard life," he said.
"When I was going through school I knew a kid who had cerebral palsy --- and friends of my parents had a child who had the disability.
"So that's why I was moved by this letter."
David said he was mostly shocked about the child's age who wrote this.
"He was just one of Dakota's class mates, he's only in grade 5.
"A small child with a huge heart of gold --- most kids ask for an Xbox or a mobile phone.
"But this kid just wanted his mate to be happy and join in on the fun and you don't see that very often at all."
Kristy said when she read the letter she 'cried and cried and cried'.
"When I found the letter in Dakota's library bag, I read it out aloud to my husband," she said.
"I looked over at Dakota and he was crying tears of joy."
Kristy couldn't believe the story had made its way over to Australia, the small city of Gladstone from the USA.
"I am beyond excited and so happy that it has reached Gladstone," she said.
"Everyone will get to feel the power of that sweet letter all thanks to David who is an angel himself."
Not only does David foster dogs for the RSPCA, and supports Bikers Against Child Abuse, he also runs his own business Clinton Mower Repairs.