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A mother’s Craigslist plea brings her kids a Christmas they’ll never forget

December 26, 2016
in Kids

Tyshika Britten tosses gifts to one of her sons waiting with open arms. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) Donnell Booker Jr. tore through the wrapping paper on Christmas morning, revealing a seven-inch Kindle Fire and a smile nearly as wide. “This is my tablet,” the 8-year-old said. “My tablet. Who got me this?” It wasn’t his mother or father, even though they were dressed as elves. “We don’t know,” said his father, Donnell Booker Sr. “It was someone very generous. That’s all we know.” The tablet showed up one day last week after Booker’s mother, Tyshika Britten, posted a message on Craigslist saying her family of five boys and a baby girl were facing eviction from their home in Oxon Hill, Md. There probably wouldn’t be Christmas gifts, maybe not even a tree. Little Morgan Booker loves the doll that was donated but is overwhelmed by the many gifts that the family received. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) “I’m such a failure right now,” she wrote. “Please help me.” Her message, thanks in part to a Washington Post article about her family’s troubles, went viral, generating hundreds of offers to help from around the world. Someone sent a PlayStation 4. Someone dropped off a puppy. And someone named Eddie Vedder sent a check for $10,000. “Is he in a band?” Britten asked. Pearl Jam, Google told her. When the bank teller saw his name and the amount, his head dropped into his hands. The family has been watching his concerts online. “I was just so moved by the story and what this mother did for her children,” Vedder said in an interview Sunday. “I thought those kids must be so proud of their mother for reaching out. That takes a lot of courage.” Vedder said he saw some of his...

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