He assured his mother that it was okay, and he would see Santa next year. The boy tragically died several months later. His family then built a small Santa house in Natchitoches so children would not have to be driven 50 miles away to see Santa at Christmas.
This year, that small house was replaced with a permanent Santa House on the banks of the Cane River Lake and Miss Louisiana 2017 paid a visit to the historic site.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/20/17