Amid all the bitterness and division that typify the daily news cycle comes a rare compendium of children’s questions that is like a beacon of hope in the gathering darkness. CBS St. Louis features a selection of phone queries received by the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline this year that are likely to bring a lump to your throat.
Two of the more poignant questions have been reproduced below the fold.
Volunteer Sara Berghoff was caught off-guard Monday when a child called to see if Santa could be especially kind this year to the families affected by the Connecticut school shooting.
‘I’m from Newtown, Connecticut, where the shooting was,’ she remembers the child asking. ‘Is it possible that Santa can bring extra presents so I can deliver them to the families that lost kids?’
Sara, just 13 herself, was surprised but gathered her thoughts quickly. ‘If I can get a hold of him, I’ll try to get the message to him,’ she told the child.
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A boy who called from Missouri asked when Santa would drop off toys in heaven.
His mother got on the line and explained to Jennifer Eckels, who took the call, that the boy’s younger sister died this year.
‘He kept saying ‘in heaven,’ Eckels said. She told him, ‘I think Santa headed there first thing.’
A Merry Christmas to all.
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