A grieving father asked Santa Claus at a mall in Georgia to take a picture with a photo of his son who died a year ago — and the Santa agreed, creating a memorable new photo.
The picture was posted on Caleb Ryan Sigmon's Facebook page last Wednesday, part of his series "Stories From The Big Chair." An actor, Sigmon has been posting a series of pictures and stories of his time working as Santa Claus at a mall since mid-November.
He said a father walked up to him at the mall booth and asked him to pose with a photo of his son, Hayden.
"'My son passed away, last year.' He choked up and couldn't finish his sentence," Sigmon wrote in the Facebook post.
It was a Christmas gift for his wife. Sigmon immediately agreed to the task.
"The camera snap was the only sound I could hear through the entire mall. Normally, I hear all kinds of music and sounds, but it was absolutely silent," Sigmon wrote.
The dad pointed to the screen and said, "That's the one."
"We gave him the printed package, telling him that it was a gift and that we would be praying for his family, this Christmas. He grabbed my hand and pulled me in and hugged me, then turned around and left," Sigmon wrote.
The photo was shared over 50,000 times on Facebook. Many people commented on the post thanking Sigmon and sharing their own stories.
"Thank you for being an amazing Santa," one user wrote.
"Wonderful blessing to the family. Lesson we all show live by everyday," another wrote.