President Obama invites Wimberley 4th grader to the White House


WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — “I’ve been seeing a bunch of people asking for money, especially in Mexico, and I just felt so sad for them,” Daniella Hillan said.

That sadness for the homeless is what inspired the fourth grader to write a two sentence letter to President Barack Obama.

“Dear Barack Obama, can you make a building for the homeless and poor? Can I work there too?” Hillan writes. “Because I have always wanted to serve the homeless and poor.”

That short letter was written in February of 2015, and one year later the president responded along with a special invitation for her and her family to attend the 2016 White House Easter Egg roll. He said he was struck by Daniella’s commitment to making a difference in her community.

“Too many Americans across our country are suffering from hunger, unemployment and instability,” President Obama wrote. “My administration is working to address these challenges and you’re right that your generation has a role to play in solving them too.”

Hillan says she was at a loss for words. She had only hoped that the president would then start creating hotels for the homeless.

“For them to sleep, eat, have fun. Everything that normal people have,” Hillan says.

Hillan and her family are planning to attend the event at the White House on March 28.

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