*When Eric Schmitt-Matzen, whose 310-pound frame is very much like “Santa,” was asked to visit a terminally ill boy in the role. A character he happily portrays for 80 events each year, this particular gig was one that would have him consider resigning.
The little boy died in his arms.
He had arrived at the hospital where the child’s very emotional family was waiting. They knew the boy was close to the end because he was very frail and weak. But he was still hanging on.
Sensing their fragile emotional state, Schmitt-Matzen told the Knoxville News Sentinel…
“I sized up the situation and told everyone, ‘If you think you’re going to lose it, please leave the room. If I see you crying, I’ll break down and can’t do my job.’ ”
Is it any surprised he entered the room alone.
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