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Londonderry Mall Santa feels the Christmas love while in hospital

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Carlo Klemm

Londonderry Mall Santa feels the Christmas love while in hospital

September 1, 2017

by CATHERINE GRIWKOWSKY - Edmonton Journal

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Edmonton, Alberta.- When Cecil Hawley looked at photos of himself as Santa posing with kids at Christmas, he smiled for the first time in two months.

Hawley, 68, has been Santa at the Londonderry Mall for years, but has been in the University Hospital for two months with an undiagnosed illness.

His granddaughter, Nicole Hawley, put out a request on social media for photos with her grandfather to offer him a little early Christmas cheer, expecting a dozen or so photos.

“At this point, we could probably wallpaper a house with all the photos we’ve gotten,” she said.

Since her request Wednesday, she has received hundreds of photos, videos and stories. Family from Ingonish, N.S., that she had never met began reaching out.

“Just to see the change in him, that smile, when we read him the letters and show him the pictures and some of the videos, it really lifted our hearts,” said his wife, Dana Hawley, who portrays Mrs. Claus.

The couple started doing Santa photos by donation for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Then they were approached by Londonderry Mall, where they have been ever since.

 

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In a quiet moment at the mall one day, a man walked by and Cecil Hawley said to come sit with Santa.

When he asked the man what wanted for Christmas, he said he needed to change his life.

Cecil Hawley told the man the power to change your life comes from within your heart and your mind.

Before he left, he told Cecil Hawley he had given him the best thing.

“He said, ‘I was leaving here to end my life,’ ” Dana Hawley recalled.

Since that Christmastime, he has come back every year, thanking him for giving him his life.

The family said they have been shown the power of love in all the responses coming from people who have sat with Santa over the years.

“With everybody’s support that we have, we know we’re going to get through this,” Dana Hawley said.

 

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Is that story NOT the ultimate of all stories! To make THAT kind of change in peoples lives would be a game changer!
Love the story Carlo! Thanks for sharing!

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