Christmas is a time of great joy for so many people. So when we hear of stories of sadness, it is almost as though that tragedy hits us personally. A story circulating the internet this past weekend has brought so many people to tears.
Sam Venable (A columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel,) recounts his encounter with Eric Schmitt-Matzen, (aka Santa Clause) who said he received a call from a nurse about a boy close to death but wanted to see Santa.
Schmitt-Matzen told the boy that he couldn’t miss Christmas – he was Santa’s No. 1 elf. The boy smiled at his present, even though he was almost too weak to unwrap it.
The boy gave Santa a hug, asked, “Santa, can you help me?” and then died in his arms.
“I let him stay, just kept hugging and holding on to him,” Schmitt-Matzen told the News Sentinel. “Everyone outside the room realized what happened. His mother ran in. She was screaming, ‘No, no, not yet!’ I handed her son back and left as fast as I could.”
He cried all the way home and was so upset for days after that he questioned whether he could play the part of Santa gain.
This Christmas season we all should be thankful for what we have. The season isn’t about presents, it is about family and loved ones. This act of kindness by Schmitt-Matzen has changed him forever.
H/T: Knox News