Parents of Special Children host ‘Breakfast with Santa’

Parents of Special Children, Inc. recently held its seventh annual Breakfast with Santa for individuals with special needs and their family members.

The 2-hour event was sponsored by the Fulton Elks #830 Lodge and featured a gourmet breakfast, arts and crafts and a visit from Santa, who had gifts for all.

Typically, the holiday season can become extremely stressful for everyone, especially those living with special needs.

The amazing members of the Elks Lodge helped create a relaxing and enjoyable time for all who attended.

“For many reasons, it is difficult for our families to visit Santa at the mall or in a store. Standing patiently in a long line, trying to keep our hands to ourselves and being in a confined space, is hard for many of our family members,” said Parents of Special Children Executive Director Theresa Familo. “Shrieking with excitement can be viewed by others as being impatient or rude, when in reality we just can’t control our emotions.

“Sometimes we need to jump or flap our hands and we often end up bumping into others. At this special event, our families are all accepted for who they are and their own uniqueness,” she said.

“The staff, board members and families of Parents of Special Children, Inc. would like to sincerely thank all those who helped make this such a memorable event. Without them, this would not have been possible. Your kindness and generosity remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas,” she said.

Parents of Special Children, Inc. is a parent-driven organization, dedicated to family empowerment and improving the quality of the everyday lives of special needs families.

For more information, call Familo at  598-7672.

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