Obama Responds To Black Teen’s ‘I Just Wanna Be Safe’ Christmas Wish

Chicago teen, 13-year-old Malik Bryant, had a very simple wish this Christmas: “I just wanna be safe,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

In a letter written as part of a charity organization’s holiday program that collects letters to Santa and helps fulfill Christmas wishes, Bryant wrote that he only wanted safety. Residing on the city’s south side, where violence runs rampant, the 7th grader’s letter was unfortunately gripping:

Catching the attention of the organization’s CEO, Bryant’s letter was sent to U.S. Rep. Michael Quigley, who then sent it to The White House. And to his surprise, the Chicago teen received a response from President Obama:

Dear Malik:

I want to offer you a few words of encouragement this holiday season.

Each day, I strive to ensure communities like yours are safe places to dream, discover, and grow. Please know your security is a priority for me in everything I do as President. If you dare to be bold and creative, work hard every day, and care for others, I’m confident you can achieve anything you imagine.

I wish you and your family the very best for the coming year, and I will be rooting for you.

Barack Obama

“I know the president’s letter isn’t going to like solve the safety reasons out here, and it’s still going to be dangerous, but I’m excited the president of the United States wrote to me, and I can’t wait to show it off,” Bryant said in reaction to Obama’s letter.

Watch Malik Bryant open his special delivery from President Obama above.