Christmas party for special needs families Dec. 9

Santa will pay a visit to children and adults with special needs at Hillside Baptist Church in Cornelia on Saturday, December 9, 2023.

A very special event for very special families will be held this weekend at Hillside Baptist Church in Cornelia.

On Saturday, December 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Santa is making an appearance to spend time with those who have special needs. This event is specifically designed to give special needs children and adults and their families time to enjoy the holidays away from the noise and crowds.

There will be something for all ages – 0 to 99 years old. Enjoy craft time, delicious food, and, of course, selfies with Santa.

“Every family can have their picture made with Santa,” event organizer Rhonda Stamey. “The special needs individuals and their siblings will receive a gift from Santa himself!”

You do not have to be a resident of Habersham County to participate. This free event is open to anyone with special needs and their families. Special needs can be physical or mental.

7 years of celebrating and socializing

Stamey and event co-organizer Athena Harkins devote a lot of time to planning this event. They rely on the generosity of community sponsors and the help of many volunteers.

“This is year seven,” says Stamey, “and we get as excited as the kids and adults do.”

Stamey and Harkins both have special needs children and understand the need for social outlets such as this. It gives people with special needs a chance to celebrate the holidays in a comfortable setting suited to them. It gives their parents and caretakers a chance to spend time with others “who understand this walk.”

“A lot of planning goes into this event, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there!” says Stamey.

Hillside Baptist Church is located at 324 Level Grove Road in Cornelia.

For more information, contact Rhonda Stamey at 706-949-9775.

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