By Kimberly Yam, The Huffington Post.
While picture time with Santa often involves, well, a picture with Santa, this little boy used his photo op for a completely selfless purpose instead.
Prestyn Barnette, a 4-year-old who lives in West Columbia, South Carolina, was featured in a viral photo, kneeling on the ground, praying with a mall Santa.
The 4-year-old’s aunt, Rebekah Lauren Sharpe, who shared the photo on social media this past Sunday, explained that Prestyn had heard about 2-month-old Knox Stine, who has been in the hospital after being found unconscious in November, and wanted to wish for the boy’s recovery for Christmas, according to ABC News.
Sharpe told The Huffington Post that while Prestyn doesn’t know Knox personally, the 4-year-old’s family came across a Facebook post on a page dedicated to the 2-month-old and were very moved. Since then, they’ve discussed Knox’s condition with Prestyn.
“We talk about it, and we pray for him and we’ve gotten Prestyn to pray for him in his nightly prayers as well,” she told ABC News.
So when Santa asked Prestyn what he wanted for Christmas, the 4-year-old had a sweet response.