A photo of a young boy and Santa Claus with their heads bowed in prayer has gone viral for a heartbreaking reason.
At a store Garland, Texas, a woman was in line with her son to get a photo with Santa Claus, according to KXAS. She overheard another young boy's conversation with his family, in which he talked about what he wanted for Christmas. In his hands was a wish list that said he wanted good health for his father and help with the family's medical bills.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, then snapped the photo of the boy praying for his father's health with Santa. She then posted the image on Facebook, asking to help find the family.
The family found the post and reached out.
"I have no real words," said Jason Coker, the boy's father. "It's just been heartwarming that so many people out there believe and care."
Jason has been in and out of the hospital for two years for what doctors suspect to be a blood disorder. He said he was most recently in the hospital Dec. 10, so his health must have been on his 12-year-old son Jacob's mind when they visited Santa on Dec. 19.
"He picks up on those things that you don't realize he picks up on until he brings you the glass of water or offers to help," said the boy's mother, Emily Coker. "He's just special."
The Santa who Jacob talked to said the only thing the boy wanted was for him to help his dad.
He explained to Jacob that his expertise was in toys, but he offered to pray with him instead.
"I asked that the Lord would help him with the pain and that he would have enough joy in his heart to get through the pain," he said.
Those close to the Coker family have created a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.
"Being ill, impending medical bills and lost wages has put a damper on things this holiday season," writes creator of the fundraiser Aubrey Blakenship. "Although, accepting help is completely out of their nature, I cannot think of a family that would be more blessed by your love."
The fundraiser has raised more than $2,000 of its $10,000 goal as of Dec. 22.
Emily Coker has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support.
"Thank you very much for your prayers, for your thoughts, for your help and for making this a Christmas our children will never forget and that we will never forget," she told KXAS.