A New York state boy has learned the power of what a letter can do — especially if it’s mailed to the White House.
Six-year-old Alex Myteberi was so moved by the image of a Syrian boy photographed following an August airstrike that he wrote to the president to help the boy, the White House blog recently reported.
Alex had one request: Bring the little boy to the United States so Alex’s family could adopt him.
“Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him,” wrote Alex. “And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it,” he continued.
President Obama not only read the letter, but shared it on Facebook, garnering more than 100,000 likes, and quoted it during his address to the United Nations Leaders Summit on Refugees.
“Those are the words of a six-year-old boy,” said Obama. “He teaches us a lot — we can all learn from Alex.”
The White House receives thousands of letters each day and showcases many online.