Boy Dies In Santa’S Arms
This time of year thousands of professional Santas put on their Santa outfits and get to work spreading holiday cheer. They work in shopping malls and at private events, keeping the Santa Claus fantasy alive for their young fans.
Eric Schmitt-Matzen is the president of his own company, but during the holiday season, he's also a part-time Santa. Weighing 310 pounds with a plush white beard, he's a dead ringer for Santa. He recently got a special request to visit a dying five-year-old boy in the hospital who was worried he would miss Christmas.
“When I walked in, he was laying there, so weak it looked like he was ready to fall asleep. I sat down on his bed and asked, ‘Say, what's this I hear about you're gonna miss Christmas? There's no way you can miss Christmas! Why, you're my Number One elf!
Schmitt-Matzen said he cried all the way home and was a basket case for days. He was so depressed he was ready to call it quits, but had a change of heart after seeing some kids outside playing and laughing. He said, “It made me realize I have a role to play for them and for me.”