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Parents of Special Children have breakfast with Santa

FULTON, NY – Parents of Special Children, Inc. hosted its sixth annual Breakfast with Santa on December 15 at the Fulton Elks Lodge 830.

Shamika Austin meets Santa
Shamika Austin meets Santa

The members of the lodge and their volunteers created an atmosphere for parents and guardians to relax and enjoy a special time with their individuals with special needs, who were all treated with such kindness and respect.

“A typical breakfast with Santa event is often too much for our individuals to handle,” said Marie Smith, program coordinator at PSC. “By creating a relaxed setting, having space available for the jumping and hand-flapping and volunteers that are patient and understanding of those with special needs, is key to an enjoyable time.”

The Elks provided an amazing breakfast, a beautiful Christmas tree and helped Santa arrive with a big bag of gifts for all the special participants.

There were also several Christmas and winter crafts to do, along with some really neat handmade hats for all to choose from.

A special thank you goes out to Linda Lamach for knitting and donating more than 100 hats!

One mom of a young girl with Autism, who attended the event for the first time, said, “I can’t even tell you how wonderful this was. We couldn’t stay the entire time, but my daughter did indeed sit on Santa’s lap for the first time in her life!”

Santa greets Jillian Karpinko
Santa greets Jillian Karpinko

Parents of Special Children, Inc. is a non-profit agency funded by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and Family Support Services, serving families who live in Oswego County.

The agency provides summer camp and respite reimbursement, assists with purchasing adaptive equipment and sensory items, has an Educational Advocate to assist with academic programming and hosts a monthly autism support group.

The agency also recently started a new program called “Doing it Our Way” to give individuals the opportunity to be on a team.

The first session was a cheerleading group that performed at the Fulton Varsity Basketball game, and the second session is just underway with a dance group who will perform in their own recital.

There is still time to sign up for the dance group.

Watch for upcoming sessions with basketball and soccer.

For additional information on Parents of Special Children, Inc. and its programs, please contact the office at 598-7672.