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, 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.
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“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.