A Child Died in This Santa’s Arms and It’s a Gut-Wrenching Story About the Power of Kindness

Santa tells story of terminally ill child dying in his arms—Eric Schmitt-Matzen, known commonly just as Santa Claus, tells the story of when he was called in to bring some cheer to a dying child, who died in his arms.

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Posted by NBC News on Monday, December 12, 2016

Eric Schmitt-Matzen is a professional Santa in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has the long, white beard, rosy-cheeked face and a big heart for kids.

When he got the call about a 5-year-old boy with a terminal illness whose dying wish was to see Santa, Schmitt-Matzen showed up to the hospital to do what he could.

“When I got there, it was my job to make sure he got Christmas,” Schmitt-Matzen told WBIR.

Schmitt-Matzen showed up to help spread the Christmas cheer to a very sick child and the boy ended up taking his last breath in Santa’s lap. Listening to Schmitt-Matzen retell the story, through tears, is an emotional reminder of the power of kindness given to a boy on his last day.

Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time. And we’re thankful for people like Schmitt-Matzen who show up for others when they need it the most.

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