We were shocked when we read that a local 7-year-old girl with autism was turned away by a mall Santa.
Abcde Santos (pronounced “ab-suh-dee”) and her service dog, a pit bull named Pup-Cake, were turned away by a Santa Claus and a helper elf at The Shops at Mission Viejo. According to the Orange County Register, the Santa feared the 5-year-old pit bull, but continued to refuse to meet Abcde even after the dog was removed.
That’s not cool. Bad Santa!!!
It hit home for myself and Jessica in particular because we have an amazing pit bull named Kona. Kona was a rescue, found on the streets. More often than we would think, she gets discriminated against. But not by Santa!
We wanted to do something to help Abcde’s Christmas be a little brighter. We reached out to Bill and Brenda Tracy at the Metro Cyclery to see if they could help us.
Bill and Brenda are some of the most caring people we know. It comes across in everything they do. They take the time to really converse and share their knowledge. When we stopped by to pick up the bike they graciously donated, they spent 45 minutes after closing time talking to us about bikes and our Christmas gifts to relatives. Ask them anything about bikes!
One thing that drove home to me how in tune they are with their customers and the community – they let me take a little test drive out in the parking lot with one of their folding bikes, and a couple walking back for dinner stopped me to tell me how much they enjoyed buying their bikes from Bill and Brenda.
We did pick up an adorable little bike from them. Check it out!
We reached out to the Santoses to see how we could get them the bike. They are so sweet! They were very thankful of our gift, but wanted to pay it forward and give the bike to another youngster. They’ve set up a place for people to nominate a deserving family.
What a wonderful family, who really understands how to turn something negative into something positive for more than just themselves.
Thank you so much to Metro Cyclery, and the Santos family. Happy holidays!