Grieving father makes heartbreaking request of Santa Claus

Dec 16, 2015 at 12:20 p.m. ET
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Last year, on Dec. 19, Kyle and Sasha Daniel lost their son, Hayden, to a congenital heart defect. He was almost 6 months old and never experienced Christmas. So as Christmas approached this year, the grieving father wanted to give his wife a special gift.

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He went to the local mall in Statham, Georgia, and asked Santa Claus to pose with a framed photograph of Hayden. When Santa, played by Caleb Sigmon, understood what was going on, he quickly obliged and even made sure Daniel was gifted a printed package of the photo. Afterward, Sigmon posted the picture and his experience on Facebook, which has since gone viral for all the right reasons.

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It's such an important reminder. For some, Christmas is a time of joy, festivity and merry making, but it's important for us all to remember that there are people out there suffering as well — people battling illness, people struggling to feed their families and people mourning the loss of loved ones. So as we embrace the season, take a minute to spread kindness wherever you can, and squeeze every ounce of love out of life while you can.

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