Santa shares touching moment with grieving dad who had a single request

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STATHAM, Georgia– It was a touching moment and a moment that brought tears to everyone’s eyes. A man recently went to his local mall in Statham, Georgia, and told Santa, “I have a request.” He handed Santa a picture frame and after a moment said, “My son passed away, last year.”

Without another word needed, the mall Santa, Caleb Sigmon, said, “Absolutely.”

Father, Kyle Daniel, told TODAY, that his baby boy, Hayden, died last year just a few days before Christmas. He was hoping to give his wife the photo of Hayden with Santa for Christmas this year. “On December 19, 2014, Hayden passed away in my arms. His lungs had become weak and just stopped working. He was just a few days away from being six months old,” he told TODAY.

Sigmon shared the emotional moment on his Facebook page as a reminder of something very important.

His post has gone viral:

“A man walked in today holding something in his arms. “I have a request,” he said, turning around this picture frame. He took a moment. “My son passed away, last year.” He choked up and couldn’t finish his sentence. The entire photo set was silent. I said, “Absolutely.” Without anyone saying anything, he handed me the frame and I placed it on my knee. In the photo, I could see on the little boy’s armband that his first name was Hayden. I didn’t ask any questions, but I am guessing that this is his first photo with Santa. The camera snap was the only sound I could hear through the entire mall. Normally, I hear all kinds of music and sounds, but it was absolutely silent. After a handful of clicks, we walked over to the screen and he pointed, saying, “That’s the one.” The girl working the computer printed him a full photo package and he pulled out his wallet, saying that this was going to be his gift to his wife. We gave him the printed package, telling him that it was a gift and that we would be praying for his family, this Christmas. He grabbed my hand and pulled me in and hugged me, then turned around and left. As he walked out, we all had tears in their eyes. I’m sharing this to remind us all that Christmastime is unbelievably hard for some families. Pray for the brokenhearted. Smile at people. Just be kind. Love one another.”

Daniel told TODAY his wife is pregnant with their second child. He said they are grateful to Sigmon for telling their baby’s story. The couple has a memorial page in honor of Hayden. Click here for Hayden’s Hope.