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.
“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.
“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.