Santa, boy with autism share heartwarming moment

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – A special moment shared between Santa and a West Michigan boy is capturing the hearts of thousands of people on Facebook.

In a post on RiverTown Crossings’ Facebook page, Naomi Johnson said her son recently met Santa at the mall. While his aunt was waiting for the Santa pictures to print, the boy went back to Santa to tell him he has autism.

“He was flapping his hands, all excited to let Santa know that he has autism. Santa sat him next to him and took L’s hands in his and started rubbing them, calming [him] down. Santa asked L if it bothered him, having Autism? L said, ‘Yes, sometimes.’ Then Santa told him it shouldn’t. It shouldn’t bother him to be who he is,” Johnson wrote.

She said Santa sat and chatted with the boy for at least five minutes, listening closely to him.

“This just melts this momma’s heart! My child is a great advocate for himself. But this day was different. He opened up to this person about who he was and he was accepted. He wasn’t a science experiment, like he gets treated when most people find out he autistic. He was Landon, sitting with Santa and being told that it was ok to be himself,” she added on Facebook.

“We have met a lot of amazing people in our Autism journey, but this one made the top of the list,” she wrote.

Landon’s moment with Santa has been shared more than 14,500 times on Facebook.

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