Angels babies deserve Santa

Angels babies deserve Santa

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Kayley Mayhew started this petition to River Ridge Lynchburg and

Yesterday, December 5th, a local mother whose daughter died earlier this year took her living children and her daughter's urn to the mall to get a photo with Santa. She had saved enough to get pictures, and a friend had even made a sweet Santa hat for her baby girl's urn to wear in the photo.

Instead of being met with kindness, compassion, and the loving spirit of Christmas, she was met by a Santa who told her that her hopes for a photo of her children all together were disgusting.

This not-so-jolly old man said all of this right in front of her four-year-old daughter, who asked her mother in a moment of heartbreak if this meant that Santa would not come to their house this year because he didn't like her angel baby sister.

We learned today this is not the first time this particular Santa Claus has treated a loss family this way. We will not stand for our babies to be treated in this way, nor will we stand for this fraud to pretend to spread cheer as Santa any longer. No real Santa would do this.

Please help us show both River Ridge Lynchburg, and Cherry Hill Programs, who hired this cold-hearted Santa, that we will not allow our families to be treated this way.  We respectfully ask that the River Ridge Lynchburg do the following:

1. Create a separate day advertised for loss and grieving families to come to the mall for photos with Santa, much like they have created special days for pet parents and families with sensory needs. The families will be encouraged to bring mementos of their deceased loved ones to be part of the picture. We would like to note that Cherry Hill Programs is apparently training their staff to do this, but for some reason, this particular Santa has seen fit to refuse to do so at least twice. This is unacceptable. We would like a date to be set this season for this event, and every year thereafter.

2. The replacement of the Santa who was so incredibly devoid of the Christmas spirit. He does not deserve to represent the love and magic of the jolly old man he portrays.

3. The understanding that at any time during the Christmas season, grieving families may come to the mall for photos with mementos of their loved ones and Santa Claus, and they should be accommodated with love, kindness, and the Christmas spirit.

4. A written apology to Ariel's family from a Santa who represents the proper spirit of the Christmas season, especially to her four year old daughter, May, who now believes Santa does not like her baby sister in heaven.

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