As I enjoy this Christmas morning with my children, I am reminded that I am among the lucky. My children are healthy and able to enjoy all of the activities of the season, including visiting Santa. As a parent what do you do when your child is home-bound, immuno-suppressed and all he wants for Christmas is a visit with Santa?
For the Schulz family this is reality. Their 4-year-old son, Finn, has Mitochondrial disease and his immune system has become compromised to the point that he cannot leave his house for fear that any infection could make him septic. He has an older sister and younger brother who are greatly impacted by this as well.
How do you manage the holiday with three children under five when you can’t leave the house and how do you look at your child when all they want for Christmas is a visit with Santa?
What happens next is a story of a community coming together to help a family make Christmas dreams come true. The true Spirit of Christmas lives in all of those who gathered gifts specifically for indoor play, reached out to a Santa and Mrs. Claus who only visit with a small group of children and coordinated a Fire Department to make the grand delivery of the Clauses on Christmas Eve. Fireman also volunteered their time to deliver Santa, carry in the presents and give the added bonus of Fire Trucks to the Santa Experience.
One little boy and his family were able to feel the Christmas Spirit due to the unselfish acts of others. Isn’t this what the season is all about? “For unto us a child is born”!