A boy who was left in tears after a mall Santa said he wouldn’t bring him a Nerf gun has since been flooded with the toys. Video of the exchange recently went viral. In response, the mall and the National Rifle Association have sent different Santas out to the house to give the child Nerf guns. Hasbro, the Nerf toymaker, also sent the boy blasters, and the family has received many more toys they plan to give out. In the video, 4-year-old Michael DeCarlo told a Santa at an Illinois mall that he wants a Nerf gun for Christmas. “Nope. No guns,” the Santa responded. Michael’s mom, Sabella DeCarlo, stepped in and told the Santa the boy said “Nerf gun,” thinking he had misheard her son, but the Santa still said no guns. “Nope, not even a Nerf gun,” the Santa responded, saying the boy’s dad could get it for him and offered to bring other toys. Michael soon burst into tears.
The mall, Harlem Irving Plaza in Norridge, Illinois, responded by saying the Santa who denied the boy the toy had “turned in his resignation” and sent out another Santa to the DeCarlos to give the child his gift. Hasbro said it was sending the child a care package of Nerf toys. The National Rifle Association also posted a video on social media of another Santa arriving at the DeCarlos home to give the boy both a nerf gun and NRA apparel.
Photo Credit: Screenshot – Sabella DeCarlo – Facebook.