Though Santa has come and gone, he and Mrs. Claus made a special stop to visit and have breakfast with some of our AiN children and their families on December 14th.
Twenty-five participants in all. Mrs. Claus had made a special batch of candy canes just for the visit and Santa brought gifts for each child. Both Mrs. Claus and Santa graciously took time to have their pictures taken with the children and volunteers. Brittany Erin Photography was nice enough to come out from San Francisco and fight the chill in the air to capture our event on camera. (I heard that she has a deal on Living Social)
Santa and Mrs. Claus even checked our returning Christmas tree. That is right, the Dr. Seuss themed tree returned from last year; topped with The Cat in the Hat’s Hat. The decorations were done by two wonderful ladies in the South Bay last year for the Christmas Tree contest done at Westfield Valley Fair Mall. It was a great delight to be able to pull the decorations out again for such a wonderful occasion.
This special Social Club still offered families a break from their special needs child to finish their shopping or just take an hour and half of alone time, but even with the offer many parents stayed to watch the excitement of their little ones conquering the fear of sitting on Santa’s lap and not having to wait in those long lines at the mall.
Breakfast was made by two amazing girls scouts and their mothers; while The Boy Scouts, Troop 22, served breakfast and made sure our participants had someone to talk to. Of course we had several of our AiN volunteers on hand to help setup.
A special thank you to all volunteers who helped us out! I want send a warm thank you to Trader Joe’s in Concord and Trader Joe’s in Walnut Creek, Sprouts, Safeway on Contra Costa and Safeway on Patterson who helped make this event possible. We must not forget to send a great big hug to Santa and Mrs. Claus, so they will return next year! (Thank you, Tom and Dorothy!)
I received an email from the Easter Bunny and he was thinking about hopping on by in April! Who is in?