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Child makes Christmas wish to help best friend's family

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TULLAHOMA, TN (WSMV) -

The meaning of Christmas is not lost on one 8-year-old. Instead of toys, he wants someone to help his best friend.

In all types of weather, Twana Jordan makes the dangerous 1.4 mile walk along a busy stretch of road with her young children.

"It's stressful. It's scary," Jordan said. "People don't really slow down."

Jordan has no other option to get her two sons to and from school, because the Tullahoma mother doesn't have a vehicle.

"It's difficult," she said. "It's raining now and it's getting colder."

The problem is Tullahoma City Schools don't provide transportation for students in regular classes - only for those in special education.

"I didn't know when we moved here until I signed them up for school," Jordan said.

That is where 8-year-old Dakoda Merrell comes in.

A teacher at Bel Aire Elementary School asked her third grade class to write a letter to Santa about what they wanted for Christmas, and Dakoda didn't think of himself.

He thought of his best friend, Jordan's son, Tyrae.

"Dear Santa," he wrote. "I think Tyrae's family needs a car. They don't have one right now. They have to walk everywhere. They need one. Tyrae is my best buddy."

"Everyday I see him walking everywhere. I feel bad for him," Dakoda said.

"Most kids at 8, I would think, would want toys and stuff, but for him to think of us out of everyone else, I think that's sweet," Jordan said.

Dakoda's mother said she always knew her son has a big heart. She just didn't know how big.

"It made me cry. He's a sensitive kid, and for him to write something like that, it's emotional," Amanda Merrell said.

Dakoda's wish is that someone is willing to spread a little Christmas cheer and help his friend.

Jordan is currently unemployed and looking for work. She said searching for a job without having a car has made an already challenging task even more difficult.

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