Mall Santa might not be giving this little boy what he wants, but the NRA sure is.
The National Rifle Association got wind of this little boy’s wish that we reported on earlier this month. The organization delivered a Nerf gun to 4-year-old Michael DeCarlo over the weekend, The Hill reports.
On Sunday, the NRA posted a video on Twitter showing a Santa arriving at Michael’s house. This Santa gives him a Nerf gun, as well as NRA apparel. The gifts even include an “NRA Life Member” vest.
“Mall Santa didn’t want to give Michael a Nerf gun for Christmas and made him cry,” the organization’s tweet reads. “The @NRA made it our mission to fix this and make Michael’s Christmas the best EVER.”
The video features the boy talking about his bad Santa experience. Then he’s sitting on the NRA’s Santa’s lap and even dressed up as what appears to be a cowboy holding his new Nerf gun.
The Video that Got the NRA’s Attention
In the video, Santa asks the boy what he wants for Christmas. While you can’t hear his response, Santa responds “No. No guns.” The boy’s mother clarifies off-camera that he meant Nerf guns.
“Nope, not even a Nerf gun,” he says to her.
“Nope,” he says, “If your dad wants to get it for you that’s fine, but I can’t bring it to you.” He then presses the kid to come up with another toy that he’d like under the Christmas tree.
“What else would you like?” he asks. “Lots of other toys. Legos. There’s bicycles. There’s cars and trucks. What do you think?”
The young boy doesn’t know how to respond and starts to cry. His mom steps in to comfort him and tells him, “You’ll still get it.”
Michael’s mom posted the video on her Facebook and explains that this was the first year that her son got a chance to see Santa.
“It was supposed to be magical but instead I had to watch my sweet little boy fight back tears because Santa told him No because of his own personal beliefs,” Sabella DeCarlo shared on Facebook.
People on the social media site aligned with DeCarlo’s beliefs and even said that this is the real-life Santa from the movie “A Christmas Story.”
The Harlem Irving Plaza Santa has reportedly since resigned, the Washington Times says.