The holiday spirit brings out the best in a lot of people. For most, Christmas is about spreading cheer and goodwill to all. However, for some people, they can feel a little left out during the Christmas period. Thankfully, one mall Santa knew exactly what to do to make a little boy feel very included.
One mother had taken her son, Matthew, to see Santa Claus at the mall. She wanted to make sure he got the full festive experience. However, things were a little tough for him.
I whispered to Santa, ‘He is blind and autistic and is very interested in Santa’. He said, ‘Say no more,’ and immediately got down on the floor to greet my little man. He talked to Matthew for a long time. Let him feel all over him. Told him to pull his beard, feel his hat and talked about his red suit.
The Mall Santa made Matthew’s dream come true.
He asked Matthew if he wanted to feel anything and Matthew said, ‘Your eyes that twinkle,’ (from the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.) So, Santa let him touch all over his eyes for as long as Matthew wanted. Then Santa said, ‘Have you ever felt a real reindeer?’ Santa then carried him over to the display area. And had Matthew pet the reindeer they had set up. It was great. My heart was full seeing Matthew so interested. Best Santa ever!
How incredible is this? Santa was very patient with the young blind boy. He let him touch his beard and he let him pet the reindeer, which little Matthew thought was truly magical.
Matthew is now 6-years-old. He was born 24-weeks premature. He should have been a twin but his brother did not survive. When Matthew was born, he spent an unbelievable 111 days in the NICU.
While he was there, he developed stage 5 ROP due to the amount of oxygen he was given to help him survive.
The brain scans told the doctors that Matthew would never walk or talk. But God had other plans.
Matthew’s mother was so thrilled by the kindness of the Mall Santa who helped make her son feel included at Christmas. What an incredible guy!
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