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ELTON, LA (KPLC) -

If there are children in your house, this time of year is extra special with Christmas just around the corner.

And many of you with children may also have an "Elf on the Shelf." It's all part of the Christmas spirit. Elton is full of a little extra spirit this year, thanks to elf Rickey Fuselier.

"It came about the night we were decorating for the Christmas parade, working on the float," said Fuselier. "I had to climb into the loft in my metal building to get some materials down. They took the ladder away from me, and they said you have to take a picture with your elf hat on before we let you down. So I bought the elf suit to wear in the parade and in memory of my grandson." 

Fuselier's grandson, Keagan, died in a car accident. 

"The passenger in the vehicle with him came out without a scratch, and Keagan died in the accident," said Fuselier. "It's been a hard loss for all of us. That's why we're trying to keep his memory going. It's hard, but it's easy also, because we're doing it for him. That's the big thing."

Fuselier says he's an elf that prefers mischief because of Keagan.

"To create a little spirit in Elton, and in memory of my grandson," said Fuselier. "He was very mischievous and a very happy person, was always pulling pranks on us. We never knew what to expect from him from one day to the next. Very happy young man." 

And Fuselier hopes to carry on Keagan's legacy, through his actions, whether it's stealing food or ringing bells. 

"It's been very enjoyable doing this, because I think of my grandson," said Fuselier. "It really inspires me to be foolish. It's all about, again going back to Keagan's love for young people. He always said, don't forget me when I'm gone. I think this is how we're keeping his memory going."

During the summer months, Fuselier continues his grandson's legacy through Keagan's Kitchen, a program to feed local children. That program is now partnered with tutoring during the school year.

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