Family healing from Santa this Christmas

LYNWOOD, Calif. Sheila Henderson says that like many single parents who have lost their jobs, it's been tougher than ever to make ends meet.

"I lost my job and I've just been struggling and I didn't know if I was going to be able to give them a good Christmas," said Henderson.

Henderson says her three children's father recently left, leaving her to pick up the pieces. Despite being overwhelmed with fear and despair, Henderson says she found the will to write Santa for help.

" 'Dear Santa, this year I would really, really appreciate your help in healing my family,' " said Santa, reading Sheila's letter.

Santa's heart was moved by this mother's trust in the holiday spirit. Without delay he sent in his elves from Fire Station 147 in Lynwood to bring cheer to this family in need.

"I can't even talk, I can't. I'm just so grateful, so grateful. Because my kids, they know that I love them, but thanks to you guys I was able to show them," said Henderson.

"I'm happy and just excited. I didn't know, like, it's just a big thing for me," said Sheila's son Bobby.

With heartfelt gratitude Henderson says with so many people in need this holiday, she's overjoyed that Santa is helping her as he is helping so many others.

"Thank you, Santa," said Henderson.

As always none of this could not be done without you the community, and that includes: Fallas Paredes, Stater Bros., Knotts Berry Farm, Legoland, SeaWorld, Aquarium of the Pacific, Le Pain Quotidien, Square Wear Clothing XCVI, Janet Pace & Company, and Eloisa & Mia.

And to all of you we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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