Mall Santa stuns shy 3-year-old deaf boy


For 3-year-old Cameron Sylvester, Santa is not only real, but is also someone who understands him perfectly.

On a recent trip to Bass Pro Shops in Foxboro, Mass. with his family, the boy, who is legally deaf thanks to a condition called auditory neuropathy, had misgivings about sitting on Santa’s lap.

While his sister ran to get in line to have her picture taken with Santa and tell him what she’d like for Christmas, Cameron, who wears a hearing aid in both ears, stayed back with his parents.

Even as he attended to the other children, the mall Santa spotted Cameron and took note of how he was communicating with his mother.

“The mother was signing a little bit, so I used the opportunity to sign to him,” the observant Santa told WCVB news. “And I just asked him ‘are you a good boy?’”

Cameron spirits were immediately lifted by the exchange, and his parents were moved by the gesture.

“I wanted to cry,” his mother said. “A lot of people don’t know sign language, and there’s Santa, and he knew what Cameron needed to see.”

The professional Santa sees some 18,000 kids each Christmas, WCVB reported, making his attentiveness with Cameron that much more special.

“It’s touching, because it’s nice to know that there are people still left in the world that care.” Cameron’s father.

For the Foxboro Kris Kringle, however, the gift was mutual.

“It’s wonderful,” the Santa said. “I live for moments like those.”


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