We all need a friend in life, but there is a difference between having an acquaintance and having someone that sticks by our side through thick and thin. Of course, many of us are missing our BFFs due to the pandemic, and that includes one little girl who went so far as to ask Santa Claus for her best friend.
Annalisse Hocking is the second-grader who decided to pen a letter to Santa Claus. It’s not unusual for young children to do so, but she wanted more than a shiny new bike for Christmas. She wanted to reconnect with Nyla, her best friend.
The letter read:
“Dear Santa, for Chismas I wold like it to be A surprise. Please tell Nyla that I miss her. I have not forgoten about her and Please tell her my adress and evry-thing she needs to know to mail me a letter also Please tell me evrything I need to know to mail a letter to her.”
The young girl’s mother, Lesley Hocking, was heartbroken when she saw the letter to Santa. Nyla and Annalise had been best friends, but when the family moved away from their home in Farmington, New Hampshire, the youngsters lost touch with each other.
Not one to be deterred, Hocking went online to see if she could make a little Christmas magic of her own. She went to the old community Facebook page and it wasn’t long before the letter went viral.
Amazingly, it only took 90 minutes before Hocking was in touch with Nyla’s mother at their new home in Stratford, New Hampshire. They decided that a meet-up in Rochester, New Hampshire was in order so they chose a restaurant and got busy with surprise.
“I was really surprised that she came,” Nyla told New Hampshire’s Foster’s Daily Democrat. “I was speechless. Getting back together with Annalisse, it felt wonderful. I was so amazed.”
Ever since that meeting, the girls have stayed in touch. Nyla’s mom, Sarah Hodgdon, was also quite taken by the community spirit and how they pulled things together to make it happen.
“I can’t believe how many people stepped forward and were trying to help two little girls who were in school together for less than a year together and grew such a good bond,” Hodgdon told Foster’s Daily Democrat. “Every day, we’d pick up my daughter at school, she’d hug her and say bye and she’d say, ‘She’s my best friend.’ As a parent, that means the world, that it’s not all bad with everything going on nowadays.”
Even the reporter said that it was one of their favorite stories they had heard in quite some time.
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This is one of my favorite stories in a while: Annalisse Hocking was missing a friend who moved away, and wrote Santa for help. Santa and elves on Facebook helped find her in 90 mins, yielding a surprise reunion & early Christmas present.@FostersDailyDemhttps://t.co/jLnsxVDFNv
— Kyle Stucker (@KyleStucker) December 3, 2020