These events are designed so kids with special needs can meet Santa in a friendly environment.
In addition to Santa Cares events, Cherry Hill will be accepting donations for Autism Speaks. Since 2015, Santa Cares (and Bunny Cares!) events have collected $733,318 toward research, advocating for the needs of people with autism, and providing free tool kits that assist with some of the challenges parents can run into. One mother shared her story of attending a Santa Cares event with Cherry Hill.
“As a single parent of a child with autism, it is difficult to provide ordinary opportunities for my daughter. You helped create that opportunity. It was a special moment I will cherish. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing my little girl to experience the magic of Christmas,” she wrote.
Santa Cares events aren’t just for kids–people of all ages are welcome. To find a Santa Cares event in your neighborhood, visit the Autism Speaks website.