Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Santa America

06/09/2015 | Published by: Cindi Paschall

It may be scorching hot outside, but Santa America is bringing Christmas into homes across the state of Texas and our nation. Santa America brings the joy of Christmas into the homes of children living with disability and chronic disease. The staff of volunteers dress as Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves. This organization is putting smiles on faces all year long.

Santa America realizes that some individuals cannot easily leave their home for fun holiday activities. Some families need a little joy and holiday spirit in months other than December. Maybe your child is facing a surgery, weekly injections, or the loss of a loved one. What better way to brighten a person’s week than to have an unhurried visit from friends from the North Pole? The visit includes photo opportunities, hugs, conversation, and laughs. The visit usually lasts an hour.

Santa America provides special training to their Santas and other staff. The training includes topics like disability, loss, and disease.  Other topics include autism, sensory processing, and death. All staff members also undergo background checks so families can be sure of their safety and security.

There are a lot of reasons why a family may need a special visit from the North Pole. Santa America visits families who face chronic disease, lowered immunity, and disability. They also visit those in hospice and who use wheelchairs. Military families who need a special hug from Santa are also on the list. And there are Santas in nearly every state. Santa America flies a Santa to wherever he is needed.

So while Christmas may not always be on the top of your mind, it can be a reality for your family if you need it to be. Visit Santa America’s website to learn more. Contact them for more information. And have a Merry Christmas all year!  And, don’t forget to check out our page on services, groups and events at Find Services, Groups & Events for more things you and your family can do all year!