Kids at the Happy Hands Education Center got a chance to experience the magic of the holiday season this morning at their annual Holiday party.
The school serves children with hearing loss and communication disorders. The Happy Hands Executive Director says it means the world to the kids for people to come and spend time with them, and to celebrate the holiday season.
“They are happy to see Santa and that’s just what Christmas is about, just a fun joyful time," says Charlie Selman with Rich & Cartmill Insurance and Bonds.
Both Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by the Happy Hands Education Center Friday to wish the kids a Merry Christmas. Volunteers passed out gift bags with stuffed animals and other treats, as well as handmade quilts by Lisa Bain Ministries.
“For these children to have people come and pay attention to them, to try and communicate with them, and give them it just makes them happier than they already are," says Happy Hands Executive Director Jan Pride.
Pride says this party is a great way to celebrate Christmas and show the kids how loved they are.
“Deafness is an invisible disability, and often times people that are faced with hearing loss, and those facing those challenges are underserved and not noticed in our society at all," she says.
Rich & Cartmill Insurance Bonds hosted the party and gave each teacher and volunteer a Christmas gift, too.
Tom Perrault and Charlie Selman say this is what the holiday season is all about.
“Happy Hands is a well-deserving organization and what they do for kids around here is just incredible and we wanted to show our appreciation to the kids families and teachers here," Perrault said.
About 50 kids from birth to kindergarten were able to attend the party today.