Many people consider Christmas to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ and it is for many.
The holidays seem as if they are right around the corner but a two-year-old boy from Cincinnati Ohio is struggling to hang on so he can celebrate it.
Brody Allen is fighting a terminal cancer diagnosis and doctors don’t feel that he will make it until the end of December.
Christmas came to Brody on September 20 and his community pitched in to help.
“It’s beautiful. It’s just absolutely beautiful to see the community and so many people that you don’t know coming out and wishing my son a Merry Christmas,” Brody’s father Todd Allen said in an interview with WLWT.
“People from all over the world are sending me messages in languages I don’t know, sending me prayers in religions I’ve never heard of and just embracing our family in ways I could’ve never imagined.”
People from around the community came together in the Kroger parking lot dressed up in costumes to sing Christmas carols.
Even Santa Claus was there to surprise Brody.
“This is the true meaning of Christmas, to show love and to be able to be a part of that has been such a blessing to me,” Michael Gabbard, the man behind the Santa Claus costume, told WKRC.
The afternoon was wonderful and it was something that turned out just right for the family. Even people from around the world joined in social media to wish Brody all the best.
“People from all over the world are sending me messages in languages I don’t know, sending me prayers in religions I’ve never heard of and just embracing our family in ways I could’ve never imagined,” Allen added.
“Thank you for giving my son a Christmas we could’ve never imagined and I certainly could never have given.”
Unfortunately, not everything was perfect that day.
Two teenagers vandalized the Christmas decorations around the neighborhood and have been arrested for it. The damages include cutting an inflatable polar bear and Santa Claus.
The details are still forthcoming but NBC news reports that they were caught after one of the neighbors saw them slashing the decoration on Wednesday night and the police were called.
“It made me scared but also mad because they don’t know who we’re doing it for and like they should be ashamed of theirself and they should stop doing it,” Brody’s nine-year-old neighbor Shayla Edwards told WTHR.
Fortunately, the kindness of the neighbors and friends overshadowed the vandalism. The inflatables have been repaired and are working once again.
“We done a real small part, but to them it’s big because it directly affects Brody because when I was first working on it, he was sitting there and said, ‘Fix ‘Ho Ho’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to try,” said Perry Mattan, the man who fixed the decorations.
Mattan was also there to assist when a neighbor’s house had their decorations vandalized.
“If anything happens again, he’ll always come over here and stitch it back up,” said Edward.