'Dear Santa' wish comes true for bullied sister
A young boy's heartbreaking letter is answered with good will.
Christmas has come early this year to Amber Suffern, the third-grader from North Carolina whose brother wrote to Santa asking that school bullies stop picking on her. A swirl of attention surrounded 8-year-old Amber and twin brother Ryan after the “Dear Santa” letter went viral last week, and now the media are helping to make the twins’ wishes come true.
ABC’s “Good Morning America” invited Amber, Ryan and their mother to the morning show’s New York City studio on Friday. Recounting the story of brotherly love, “GMA” co-anchor Josh Elliott asked Ryan to read on camera the letter he’d written to Santa, describing it as “as beautiful as it was gut-wrenching.”
Ryan began making his way through his own writing:
Dear Santa … I wanted a remot contor 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 and it makes me mad. I prayed that they will stop but god is bisy and needs your help.
Asking if was “against the rules to give a gift early,” Ryan put in one more request to the man up North.
Can you ask Big Time Rush to come to Amber’s B-day party. It will make her so happy.
“GMA” couldn’t stop the kids on Amber’s bus from taunting her and calling her cruel names — but they had some pull with her favorite boy band.
Elliott told the twins that Ryan’s letter had made it up to the North Pole early. Then, from behind a curtain, out walked the four members of Big Time Rush.
Amber was slack-jawed and speechless. Her mom, Karen, was in tears. Ryan took his high fives. And things got even better when Big Time Rush sat the twins up on a pair of stools to serenade them.
Carlos Pena from the band told HuffPost Live, "Ryan is so exceptional. He literally wrote that he didn't want anything — no cars, no nothing — just please, help my sister out. For an 8-year-old to be like that? To me, that's so inspiring."
The Suffern family was invited to be VIP guests of Big Time Rush at a New York City concert this past weekend.
Said "GMA" anchor Elliott at the close of the segment, “Bullying is a scourge that is taking our most precious resource — the young children of this country — so we need to stop it.”
Photo: Video still of Ryan & Amber Suffern with Big Time Rush (Courtesy of GMA/ABC News)
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As an intro to her hit song, "Who Says," Gomez took the mic and had an honest talk with the audience. "The kids trust me, the parents trust me, and I just have to say: Thank you! Because I hear you guys. I hear what you're telling me . . . the stories that you guys go through, and I have to say that I know exactly what you feel. Sometimes it is so hard. But I have to tell you, I get it all day, every day. That I'm not sexy enough, or I'm not cool enough, or if I did this I would be accepted. Let me tell you one thing: the sexiest thing . . . is class. I promise you that each and every one of you is made to be who you are. That is what's so attractive and beautiful. Please don't forget that, even when it gets hard."
Amber, if you ever see this, or anyone like Amber who might be going through the same things, Stay strong. I was bullied when I was a kid too. It made me a stronger person. It also made me want to work so hard at life to be a successful person. Work hard in everything you do and take pride in yourself and in your accomplishments. Be the person you want to be and love yourself no matter what. I know its hard to do that, but practice, and by the time you are grown up you will be able to look at yourself in the mirror and admire the BEAUTIFUL BRAVE AWESOME PERSON THAT YOU ARE. Don't ever let anyone else define who you are. They can have their opinions and say what they want. But remember, those are just opinions - they are not facts - not truth - and they have NOTHING to do with who you are. You are the person who decides that. I wish you the best and I pray everyday that God gives you strength and courage. You are BEAUTIFUL - find that beauty - and OWN IT.
Both of you kids are wonderful ! I too was bullied for being fat and gay.. But found friends that stood by me regardless of that.. I know that it seems like it will never stop but believe me it will. To the Mom you are a lucky woman to have such great kids.. Hang in there Amber.. Many people that you don't even know LOVE YOU!
kids need mom and dads time! biking playing games try to eat well before 730 at night and cut down on the fast and junk food . Also get the darling girl in an activity she loves! like dance or swim! Kids will grow and learn . Try to put the music on in the home and turn off the electronics. Little changes can change how she feels and comforts herself . I would never bully and overweight child and now their are many my best friend was overweight
and life was hell! I wish her mom and hugged her more and got her involved with dance (which she loved) I love the brother so much for being so caring ..A very compassionate soul
I WISH alllllllllllllllll networkS would STICK UP 4 Sweet Precious AMBER & her ADORABLE brother, Ryan AND, AND, AND, AND allllllllllllllllll those who are bullied!!!!
GOD BLESS AMBER & RYAN's Fam & allllllllllllllllll Families who have children
who are bullied~~~ bullies, I do not even want to cap the "b", you alllllll ARE angry, hurt, feel betrayed, but you are really hurt yourselves, I PRAY you get HELP & STOP, STOP, STOP hurting others!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP HURTING OTHERS & ASK 4 HELP yourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP w/ those who are suggesting that PRECIOUS AMBER start eatin' a carrot stick and a handful of celery~~~GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, I PRAY EVERY child that feels LESS THAN, gets LOVE, CARING, LOVE, HUGS, SMOOCHES & MORE LOVING!!!!!!!
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