Kingaroy boy's heartbreaking letter to Santa
A KINGAROY boy's heartbreaking letter to Santa has paid tribute to his hard working mum.
In his note, which he wrote for the South Burnett Times' Letters to Santa competition, Thomas Wicks, 10, asked for something for himself but wanted to share the love as well.
"I wish for a bike. Mine got stolen last year,” Thomas' letter began.
He then took the opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices his mum makes for the family.
"Mum works hard to raise us alone, so maybe Santa can help us,” he wrote.
Thomas' mum, April Trace, said the young boy had always been thoughtful and considerate.
"He's very understanding of our home life. Sometimes we can't do things if I haven't had shifts at work, but he would always understand,” she said.
"Thomas is also one of the best kids at school. He's just fantastic. You know, as a single parent, you become really proud that you can still raise children of the best quality.”
Ms Trace said both Thomas and his brother had their bikes stolen.
"Thomas has a brother named John, and he has autism. I saved up and got John and Thomas two beautiful green BMX bikes a few years ago, and someone came along and stole both of them,” she said.
Thomas' letter, which was randomly drawn as the winner of the competition, will help give the family some extra joy this Christmas.
"After winning this competition, it will give Thomas the biggest boost, so he can go and choose a gift and get what he really wants,” Ms Trace said.
"It's something that he will cherish, because he's known that mum can't buy everything in the world.
"In a way, he's being rewarded for his respect and values. If he sees an elderly person struggling downtown, he'll often help them or open a door. I'm very proud of him.”