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Santa touches the hearts of one local family

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) --  How do you know which Santa is the real deal? One Santa in Kentuckiana is cherished by a local family for a very special reason.

His cheeks are rosy, his eyes have a twinkle, his beard is definitely real. From young to old, many believe he is the real Santa, straight from the North Pole. 

"I would travel hours to see him...he is the real Santa, no doubt," said Tina, who wants her last name concealed for privacy.

Bass Pro Shops in Clarksville, Indiana is a wonderland this time of year and this Santa is exceptional. One local family discovered him a few years ago. 

"Having a special needs child, this can be a very stressful time for a family," said Tina.

Five-year-old Kinsley is content in Santa's arms. 

"He has such a sweet, gentle spirit that God has gifted him with, and a heart for children like Kinsley," said Tina.

Kinsley's condition is so rare, there is not a name for it. 

"She doesn't talk and she doesn't walk yet or even sit up, so people kind of ignore her. He takes time every year to get her out of her stroller and love on her and make a big deal about her when the rest of the world might just look the other way," Tina explained. 

A picture of Kinsley and Santa was shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook. 

"There wasn't anything particularly wonderful about the picture. Kinsley wasn't even looking at the camera," Tina explained.

Tina said the remarkable thing about the photo was the caption -- a quote from Santa. "He said 'You know, sometimes people say these are special needs children, but I say they are a special gift from God.' And of course we both cried," said Tina.

For Santa, it is a gift to hold Kinsley.

"When I look into the eyes of that little girl, I'm looking at innocence. It is overwhelming to me. It's like looking into the heart of God," Santa said.

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