Santa Claus hears many requests during the holiday season, but one 5-year-old boy’s final wish brought this Santa to tears in Tennessee recently, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Eric Schmitt-Matzen, 60, has played Santa for many years, working dozens of gigs each year. In addition to looking every bit the part with his 6-foot, 310 pounds frame and long, snowy beard, he was even born on Dec. 6 (Saint Nicholas Day), the newspaper reported Sunday.
Several weeks ago, Schmitt-Matzen received a call from a nurse. She asked him to come to a local hospital because there was a sick little boy who wanted to see Santa.
Schmitt-Matzen arrived at the hospital in 15 minutes. The little boy’s mother gave Schmitt-Matzen a Paw Patrol toy to hand to her son.
“When I walked in, he was laying there, so weak it looked like he was ready to fall asleep. I sat down on his bed and asked, …