Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Fayette Mall opens early for kids with special needs to visit Santa

Fayette Mall opens early for kids with special needs to visit Santa

The goal of the gathering was to ease sensory triggers and create a more welcoming environment for children with special needs.

Capitol City Mall in Cumberland County has also hosted the event for a few years and says it's a great way for kids and their families to feel included at this busy time of the year.

Photos with Santa are a Christmas tradition for so many families, but for children on the autism spectrum, the experience can be too much to bear - unless, you connect with a Caring Santa program.

"If we had to come and wait an hour, it would not go well", said parent Brett Flannery.

"It could mean just not being able to cope at all - lots of screaming and yelling and not being physically able to be in that environment".


The event was held in the morning before the mall opened for the day.

This was the second year that the Belisles have attended Silent Santa.

Santa Claus brings happiness to all around the world, and it's important to him that every child gets a chance to share their wishes.

"It's awesome. There are so many opportunities out there that we are just not able to do, so knowing we can come here each year, it's just definitely a blessing", said parent Kristy Miller.

Anyone interested can contact the mall administration to make an appointment to visit between 9 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.

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