When Mark Horton walked into the Tim Hortons cafe in Fergus Ontario, he saw something that restored his faith in humanity.

Mark saw a young boy staring and approaching an old gentleman and yelling “Santa”!

“The older gent looked down and smiled and asked him if he sent his letter into him yet? The boy said no and he would be doing it tonight”

“He said you better be nice to your mom and sister because I’m watching. He then said goodbye and was going back to the North Pole to finish the toys with the elves.”

Mark shared what he saw on a Facebook post that went viral, being shared almost 20,000 times.

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Mark and Santa (Fergus) have been interviewed by media outlets and the story has been published around the world.



I love a feel good story, especially at Christmas. It’s lovely to hear of people still caring for strangers and sometimes it’s the little things that can make the greatest impact. The gentlemen could have easily ignored the boy but he chose to do a greater deed and play along. I bet the boy couldn’t believe his luck to run into Santa at a local cafe.

Photo credits: Mark Hurson Facebook

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  • He does look like Santa – good on him for going along with the story.


  • that is sweet that he went along with that and played Santa! i bet that he made that little boy’s day!


  • Thanks for sharing a lovely story about Christmas and Santa and the kindness of humanity. We need these feel good stories too!


  • What a fun and fresh story. Thanks for sharing.


  • I love these acts of kindness! Really inspiring!!


  • So awesome. What a nice man.


  • What a lovely story. He does look like father christmas!


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