Gina Wilbur was at the Concord Mall in Wilmington, Delaware. She was doing her Christmas shopping but she decided to stop in her tracks to snap a picture of Santa Claus as he was walking by.
Gina wanted to remind her stepson how magical the holiday season truly is but what she didn’t realize was that this Santa was on a secret mission. In fact, the mall Santa was on his way to do some really good deeds for some overlooked people.
Gina was left teary-eyed and in a state of wonder when she witnessed the Santa giving an unsuspecting 93-year-old man a very special surprise. But this gift wasn’t a material possession, instead, it was a message straight from Santa’s heart.
Santa was busy in the mall grotto when he noticed the 93-year-old man sitting all by himself on a bench. Immediately, Santa stopped what he was doing to go introduce himself to Bob Smiley, 93.
Santa noticed that Bob Smiley was a WWII veteran
Gina watched as Santa walked over to Bob. He then got down on one knee as he made eye contact with the elderly gentleman. Santa gave Bob a very loving message that he seemed to really enjoy.
I hear Santa telling the gentleman, in a soft voice, of others he knew who served. He shakes his hand with genuine gratefulness, thanking him for his service and returns to the children. Best moment of my day.
Gina’s photo soon went viral online as countless other people were moved by the incredibly touching moment during the holiday season. In a world that’s full of humbugs, it’s nice to see somebody doing something so sweet to brighten up somebody else’s day.
We all owe huge gratitude to these brave people who put their lives on the line to fight for our freedom. Over 16 million men and women served during WWII. In fact, Bob told Santa that all 35 boys from his graduating class joined the military. He doesn’t think it was anything special, they were just doing what they had to.
In my generation it was duty. We all went, we all served. Every boy in my high school graduating class all served.
Bob may be one of the few WWII veterans who are still alive. But there are veterans all over who have served our country. Just remember this Christmas, there are lots of people less fortunate and a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way for these brave men and women who sacrificed everything.
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