03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Letters To Santa: Kids Ask For Jobs For Their Parents

Thousands of children across the country send letters to Santa Claus every year with their Christmas wishes. But lately, some kids' letters have been a lot less whimsical: they want jobs for their parents.

A boy named Michael recently asked Santa to bring a job to his grandfather, reports Robert Samuels in an excellent story for the Miami Herald. Enclosed: grandpa's resume.

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A 13-year-old asked Santa to bring his mom some new clothes, reported Florida TV station WPLG on Thursday. A volunteer read the letter aloud: "There's only my mom's paycheck and it completely goes into rent and bills so we don't become homeless. Her car is old and broken."

The Chicago Sun-Times runs a program every year that allows readers to respond to needy kids' letters to Santa with a gift. This year, in a response to a story about a family whose 4-year-old daughter asked Santa for pajamas and a Touch and Feel book, a generous couple took the entire family on a shopping spree -- in a limo.