Feel Good Story of the Week: Malls Now Offer 'Quiet' Santa Visits For Kids With Autism
[Source: Huffington Post]
Meeting Santa Claus at a shopping mall can be horribly hectic. There are large crowds, long lines, and holiday music blaring from speakers. It’s a recipe for madness — and for children with autism, it’s especially unbearable.
So, malls across Canada are now offering special ‘quiet’ Santa visits for kids with autism, CTV News reports. A few malls in the U.S. are also offering similar programs, according to 13News Now.
The special visits occur before opening time, according to CTV. In Canada, nine malls offer the program — eight more than last year.
“We thought we could do this and make such a difference with these families and their holiday experience,” Elena Price, a marketing director from one of the participating malls, told the Toronto Star.
Carol Blossom is one of the many parents thankful for the program.
“It’s about making it accessible to [my son] and all the other kiddos,” Blossom told CTV. “It’s such a big deal to me and other people too –- to come and see Santa.”
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