Notable Gabriels and Gabrielles

Gabrielle Lorene McDaniel, age 10, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019, at The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado.

Gabby was born on July 6, 2009, in Denver, Colorado, to parents Justin and Krista McDaniel. A resiliant, animated and affectionate child, Gabby enjoyed reading, puzzles, playing ball and spending time with her family and friends. She left a smile and a lasting impression with all those who crossed her path.

Gabby McDaniel

 after a little boy in Brazil writes a letter to Santa asking for 'food and some slippers' because his family are going through a hard time

A couple of generous police officers in southeastern Brazil made sure a child's heartfelt Christmas letter to Santa did not go unanswered.

A boy identified as Gabriel, 10, wrote a full-page letter to Santa Claus six weeks before Christmas, asking if he could deliver some food to his family for their holiday dinner as they are going through a tough time.

The boy also asked for some candy and a pair of slippers for him and his brother Lucas, who has autism.

According to Brazilian outlet G1, the boy's mother stepped out of the home Thursday in Peruíbe, a coastal city in the state of Sao Paulo, and flagged down a Civil Police squad.

The two cops in the car said the mother asked them to drop off the sealed envelope at the post office.

'She didn't explain much, just asked us to take it. When I looked, the letter was addressed to Santa Claus,' said officer Fabiano Santil, who originally thought the mother was seeking to report a crime.

Instead of delivering the letter to the post office, they opened it.

A few hours later, the cops showed up at the family home with a basket of food and candy. They placed an order for some slippers, too.

'We thought the letter would be for toys and games. But when we opened it there was an order for food for the family's Christmas dinner,' Santil added.

'It gave me a lump in my throat. We have children, and it is very sad to see a child asking for food for the family. We told the boys that Santa was in the city center and had already advanced the gifts. Gabriel did not expect it. He was very happy.'  

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