Even Santa could use a gift from God.

About 25 years ago I was a State Park Ranger in South Carolina. I met this older man and his wife riding thru the campground on their golf cart. I can’t

Even Santa could use a gift from God.

by Jim Flaten

(Marshalltown Iowa)

About 25 years ago I was a State Park Ranger in South Carolina. I met this older man and his wife riding thru the campground on their golf cart. I can’t remember their names but everyone called him Santa and not only because he looked so very much like him with his long white beard and pot belly, but because of all the joy he gave to others.

He would pick up the kids at other campsites and treat them to ice cream at the gift shop on a daily basis. He was such a nice man that everyone liked and trusted him the moment they met him.

Santa would take care of his wife and do everything for her as she had a severe case of Alzheimer’s and was wheelchair bound. He would do anything and everything for that woman and do it always with a smile. You would see him taking her for a ride thru the park on the golf cart smiling and talking to her as if it were the first day they met. He would actually show her off to everybody they would meet along the way.

Santa and his wife would park there big, nice motorhome in the campground for about a month each year and when the local people saw them come in, they would all come to say hello and greet them and welcome them back. This went on for several years while I was there.

About one year after I’d left that State Park Ranger job and moved on I ran into a former co-Ranger of mine who asked, “Did you hear about Santa and his wife?”

Then he told me that Santa had taken his wife to her usual doctors visit and when the doctor came out of the room he told Santa that he had some fantastic news for him. Santa’s wife didn’t have Alzheimer’s at all. She had an allergy of some kind and after ten years of doing everything for her with a smile, she was finally back just as good as new. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy…

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