Girl writes heart-wrenching letter to Santa Claus asking for a new kidney for her big brother

December 5, 2018  14:10

A little girl has written a heart-wrenching letter to Santa Claus, asking for a new kidney for her brother. 

The letter was dropped off at a Lowe's Home Improvement department store in Franklin, North Carolina, which has a mailbox where children can leave notes for Santa.

Written in green, blue and purple crayon, the message reads: 'Dear Santa, Some may not believe in you. But I do. One thing I really want for Christmas is my big brother to get a kidney transplant. PLEASE.'

Aside from her name, Kaitlyn, the identity of the girl remains unknown - but her letter has now gone viral with store employees hoping they can find her family and provide them with support.

Store manager Shelly Thomas told that she was cleaning out the mailbox on Friday, November 23, as she does on a daily basis when she came across the letter.

'We take the letters out and sometimes we read them because you never know what the big item will be this year,' she said.

'We have these fill-out forms for Santa, but this one was written on the back of one of the coloring sheets. It really touched me.' 

Thomas said she first tried looking through video surveillance footage to try to track down the parents or the child, but there was no luck.

After getting clearance from Lowe's marketing manager, Thomas posted a photo of the note to Facebook.   

'This is a "Letter to Santa" that was left in Santa's mailbox at Lowe's of Franklin,' she wrote. 'Our company is wanting to see if anyone out there may know who this child is. If you would, please share this so we can possibly get in contact with this family.'  

So far, the post has been shared nearly 900 times with some well-wishers saying they're willing to be tested once the family is found.

Next to Kaitlyn's name is 'FL', leading to Thomas believe the girl's family may have been visiting from Florida. 

'We haven't been able to reach the folks but what I really hope is that we find them, give them support, let them know someone cares,' Thomas said.

'So many people have said they're willing to get tested and if we can get even one more person registered [to be an organ donor], it's all worth it.' 

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