We know the joy that Santa Claus can bring to kids during the holidays. However, Santa can also give kids confidence and hope. Just wait 'til you see what Santa's already done this month.

Santa Claus at RiverTown Crossings Mall in Michigan first met a young boy with autism, named Landon. He reassured Landon that, despite his concerns, autism wouldn't put him on the naughty list and told him he'd been a very good boy. The boy's thankful mom went to the mall's Facebook page with this photo and heartfelt message:

I had an AMAZING experience w the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall and I want to share my story with you:My child...

Posted by Naomi Johnson on Sunday, December 6, 2015

Santa Claus did it again when a small girl named Maddie went to visit him. Maddie has cancer and Tracy Pagel, Maddie's mom, told Fox 17, "He grabbed her hand and said 'Here's a bell. Every time you ring that, me, Mrs. Claus and all the elves in the North Pole are going to be praying for you. And you're going to beat cancer, and I know that.'"

Yes, Santa Claus is a special man. A VERY special man.

[via Fox 17 and Fox News]