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.22 Section 1 Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, December 15, 1992 Nationworld -Tjrrr-t s-r IflOML 0.4 Public responds to boy's letter Sad missive to Santa Claus elicits tears and support Natural-Like the Christmas Hi fin 2 Ft Balsam Fir $4.99 too 2 Ft. White Sitka Spruce tR QQ TREES 50-65 OFF Canadian Pine $32.99, 7 Ft Scandinavian Fine $34.99070 rat OM. TICKETED PRICE txrrta nnuno; UUI1UJI FREE SANTA EXPRESS TRAIN With cV. 7 Uw Fl 0( Trackl I I I Educators who have seen the letter guess the writer is a child between 3rd and 5th grade age. After the letter received nationwide publicity, people called to say they think they may know Thad's family, and officers hope to follow up on the leads Tuesday, Heassler said.

There is nothing to indicate the letter is a hoax, she said. The unstamped letter was dropped in a mailbox just outside the Clallam County Courthouse in this depressed timber town of 17,700 people 63 miles northwest of Seattle. It reads: "Dear Santa Clas, "Please help my mom and dad this Christmas. My dad is not working anymore. We don't get many food now.

My mom gives us the food she would eat Please help my mom an dad. "I want to go to Heven too be with the angels. Can you bring me to Heven? My mom an dad woud not have too by things for me no more. That would make them happy. Please bring my dad a job an some food.

"I live in my house like last year. We got candUs. A city man took the lights a way. It looks like we don't live heer no more. We do.

I will wate for you too come in my room. "I will not slep. Wen you give my dad a job and some food too my mom I will go with you and the rain deer. "Merry Christmas too you Mrs Clas too the elfs too. "Thad" Beside the signature, is a picture of what appears to be a tiny star and a Christmas tree.

Postal officials gave the letter to state Child Protective Services. The agency passed it to city police. From Chicago Trtbuna wires PORT ANGELES, Wash. People from across the country and Canada called Monday to offer money, food and gifts for the family of a boy who wrote a heart-tugging letter addressed to Santa and seeking food for his hungry mom, a job for his dad and help getting to "Heven" so his parents won't need to feed him. Some of the callers were moved to tears by Thad's story, said Port Angeles police records, clerk Denise Heassler, and many people now are hoping to rescue the boy, who signed the letter only "Thad," and his family.

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