When Anthony, a young boy with autism who suffers from seizures had to go to the hospital earlier this month, he missed out on his opportunity to attend a sensory-friendly event to meet Santa. However, when Anthony finally returned home after he was feeling better, a Christmas miracle happened…
A knock on the door started it all when Kerry Magro, a 27-year-old national speaker and best-selling author, came into Anthony’s home dressed as Santa Claus! When Magro heard what Anthony had been through, he wanted to dress up as Santa and surprise Anthony and his family at their home. Magro, who played an autism-friendly Santa for 230 children with autism earlier in the month, has been Facebook friends with Anthony’s mom, Karen, who helped set up this surprise for her son and family.
Magro told Autism Speaks, “Anthony is a great kid and when we heard he was going through a tough time during the holiday season, we wanted to do something nice for him and his family. We had Karen invite members of her family to join in on the surprise and we were even able to received donated gifts to give out to Anthony and all the kids who came. Giving back to this amazing boy is a holiday gift I will remember for years to come.”
All the kids took turns meeting Santa, opening gifts and singing Christmas songs throughout the day. Anthony, who wore his Carmelo Anthony jersey to the event when he met Santa, gave him a big hug and kiss on the cheek.
Karen said at the end of the event, “Santa thank you so much for coming and helping out. God bless you. You are a miracle. I can’t thank you enough.”