Santa goes the extra mile for boy with autism

A Santa Claus participating in a Caring Santa event run by Autism Speaks and Noerr Programs in Charlotte, North Carolina, touched hearts when he worked with an autistic boy to find the perfect way for the child to meet Santa and make his Christmas trip memorable.

Autism Speaks shared a photo of the Santa lying on the floor beside the boy, which was sent to them by Maeghan Pawley from the Autism Speaks Family Services team.

According to Autism Speaks, Pawley had nothing but high praises for the entire team that made the meeting so special.

"The whole staff (Santa included) was overly accommodating for all of our kids, really trying to get the best picture and create the best experience possible, regardless of how much time or patience was needed to do so," said Pawley.

Other parents who have had Santa Clauses go the extra mile for their children with particular needs shared their own stories and photos in comments.





The Caring Santa program was developed by Autism Speaks in partnership with the Simon Property Group and the Noerr Programs to hold safe and fun Santa Claus meet and greets for families and children with autism and other special needs.


When it came time for the young man in the photo to meet Santa, his parents couldn't convince him to sit on Santa's lap. #GivingTuesday

Posted by Autism Speaks on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Another Caring Santa event will be taking place on December 6.


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