On Saturday, December 12th, we co-hosted our 4th Special Needs Holiday Party. We co-hosted with CPATH Texas for the second time and with the Palliative Care Team of Dell Children’s Medical Center. This was our first year hosting the event at Dell Children’s Medical Center. We took last year off, and came back bigger and better this year.
We had out grown our previous venue. We were always sad to close registration after 20 kids previously, but this year with a much larger space we had nearly 100 kids signed up! The actual number of kids that attended was close to 70. It was such an amazing day.
We do a book drive all year and then use those books as gifts from Santa. This year we had an amazing response to our book drive. There were plenty for all the kids, plus plenty extra that were donated to the hospital for kids in-patient over the holidays.
We had a handful of sponsors that donated goods and/or services that we were able to offer party guests as door prizes. Some guests left before we drew, but all of the families still there went home with a door prize. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors:
|Neotech Home Health||Austin Aquarium|
|Scottish Rite Theater||City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation|
|United Access||Zach Theatre|
Neotech Homehealth sent a bunch of goodies for party guest in addition to door prizes. The kids and parents alike all loved loading up on goodies on their way in or out.
Local Girl Scout Troop 1306 entertained everyone with some singing. Danielle with Roads of Connection Music Therapy led the kids in some holiday music. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt sent Curious George and the Man in Yellow Hat to read the kids some stories. The kids had fun doing crafts and taking pics in the photo booth. Last, we wrapped everything up with a visit from the man in red himself- SANTA!!
The party was so much fun and we had such a great turn out. We are already looking forward to next year. I would like to also say thank you to our amazing volunteers! We had a handful of people that really worked hard to make sure that everything ran smooth and that all the kids had a great time. Our volunteers helped make it a fantastic day for everyone!
Here are a few additional photos collected from the party:
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