Caring Santa: Helping Special Needs Children Meet Santa

caring-santa-500x500The Stanford Shopping Center is offering a special Caring Santa opportunity Dec. 8 to help those with sensory sensitive children a chance to meet with Santa and take a holiday photo in a more sensory-friendly environment.

The Caring Santa program will be at the mall’s Center Pavilion on Sunday morning, prior to opening, providing a more subdued environment for kids who get overstimulated by the mall. Music will be off, fountains will be off, any lights will be dimmed, and there will be a numbered system instead of lines. During waiting time, the Caring Santa program will offer storytelling and activities geared toward helping kids understand how the visit with Santa will go.

The event runs from 9:30 – 11 a.m. and those interested are encouraged to rsvp at Ability Path, which helps run the Caring Santa program.

 

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