MUST SEE: SouthPark Santa goes extra mile for autistic child

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Santa at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte is getting noticed after going the extra mile for a boy with autism, according to Autism Speaks.

During an Autism Speaks and Noerr Programs Caring Santa event in Charlotte, Autism Speaks Family Services team member Maeghan Pawley snapped a touching photo.

According to Pawley, when it came time for the young boy to meet Santa, his parents couldn’t convince him to sit in Santa’s lap.

Pawley said the compassionate, and not so young, Santa got down on the floor and came over to the autistic boy.

“The whole staff was overly accommodating for all of our kids, really trying to get the best picture and create the best experience possible, regardless of how much time or patience was needed to do so,” Pawley said.

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