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Texas Man With Striking Resemblance To Santa Claus Buys Candy For Little Girl At Wal-Mart (Photo)

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Left: Ana-Marie Sandoval And Her Daughter, Right: Wal-Mart StoreLeft: Ana-Marie Sandoval And Her Daughter, Right: Wal-Mart Store

A Texas man with a striking resemblance to Santa Claus went above and beyond to preserve the Christmas spirit for a little girl.

Ana-Marie Sandoval was shopping at an Amarillo-area Wal-Mart with her daughter when the little girl noticed a man who looked familiar, ABC 7 reported.

The girl’s curiosity got the best of her, and she approached the man with one simple question: She asked him if he was Santa.

The man told the girl that he was in fact Santa, wished her a Merry Christmas, and walked away. He then approached the girl and her mother by the registers and asked the little girl what she wanted for Christmas.

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“Santa” then reached into his basket and gave the girl candy and money to buy it. The mother was pleased with the stranger's kind gesture and took a photo of him with her daughter before parting ways.

ABC 7 then posted the photo to Facebook on Dec. 3, where it has since gone viral.

(Little girl with "Santa." Photo Credit: ABC7 Amarillo/Facebook)

Several people commented on the photo, singing the man’s praises.

“What a beautiful thing,” wrote one Facebook user. “This is why I love Amarillo. Our children can always do with a little magic in this crazy world.”

"This man was a customer of mine for a long time!” wrote another. “He is amazing! Love seeing him doing what he loves!”

In November, another heartwarming Santa story came to light. A homeless man in Canada who liked to dress as Santa Claus during the holidays was gifted a Santa outfit by a stranger after his old costume was stolen, Opposing Views reported at the time.

Sources: ABC 7 Amarillo/Facebook, Opposing Views / Photo credit: Mad World News