The magic of Santa Claus

Soulful Santa

My 12 year old son asked me this weekend if I believed in the magic of Santa Claus. I replied as any mom would: “Yes, I do!” Santa’s ability to bring joy, laughter, and hope to young and old alike can only be described as magical. 

Of course, Santa can’t do it all on his own.  He counts on thousands of men throughout the country to stand in his place at department stores, malls, and Christmas parties each year.  One such man was Wendell Henderson Carr, Sr. As his obituary published in News Record explains:

There is no doubt that he derived his greatest delight through his work as Soulful Santa. He brought smiles to youngsters and the young at heart for over 35 years. The children brought as much joy to Wendell as he brought to them. That twinkle in his eyes always seemed brighter when he was in their presence.

Soulful Santa indeed brought joy and smiles to countless children. Here are some of the sweet messages submitted to his obituary Guest Book:

-I will always cherish the remember of him being santa at my oldest’s son birthday party when he was at the Children House at Bennett. He was a wonderful and kind person.

-Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency will truly miss the Soulful Santa. At our annual Christmas party held at the Marriott, all of the children were waiting for Santa with bright eyes and wonderful smiles. Wendell was Santa to those children and he did an outstanding job.

-I’m at a loss for words. I just saw Santa 2 weeks ago at Walmart asked him to give you my love. I feel so blessed to have met the two of you at BB&T and when my time there came to an end Santa called me every so often to make sure I was okay. I can’t imagine what you are going through but what I do know is Santa is in heaven and here on earth he will be truly missed.

-I didn’t know Mr. Carr but I do remember him as SANTA…my kids are really going to miss him. I would always look for him around Christmas time.

Rest well, Soulful Santa. Your work here is done.

About Katie

I joined in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie.
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