Santa time for all

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS - Alison Bald­ing

NO CHILD will be robbed of a spe­cial mo­ment with Santa this year at St Marys Vil­lage.

The team has en­listed the help of a sen­sory Santa to help chil­dren with spe­cial needs and sen­sory disorders such as autism cap­ture the per­fect hol­i­day happy snap.

A chat and photo with a sen­sory Santa is be­ing hosted by St Marys Vil­lage in part­ner­ship with Chanelle Avi­son, which runs Sen­sory Movie Day, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion for fam­i­lies with spe­cial needs chil­dren.

“The event is so won­der­ful be­cause it pro­vides th­ese fam­i­lies with the op­por- tu­nity to enjoy the one Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ence that is oth­er­wise im­pos­si­ble,” Ms Avi­son said.

“Be­cause of their child’s sen­sory needs, many of th­ese fam­i­lies have never been able to have a fam­ily Santa photo.”

Sen­sory Santa pro­vides a sen­sory friendly en­vi­ron­ment for fam­i­lies to have their child or chil­dren pho­tographed with Santa.

Fam­i­lies can book their pre­ferred time, which means no queu­ing, and the set­ting is quiet, pro­vid­ing a low-stress en­vi­ron­ment.

The sen­sory Santa ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes a free Santa photo and gift for each child.

The shop­ping cen­tre has also up­dated the set­ting for Santa this year, opt­ing for a large comfy lounge to ac­com­mo­date fam­i­lies.

St Marys Vil­lage mar­ket­ing man­ager Lisa Curtin said: “This year, we’re cel­e­brat­ing with and pro­vid­ing the spe­cial needs fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity the sim­ple joy of hav­ing their fam­ily Santa photo taken.”

Pic­ture: JUSTIN SAN­SON

The sen­sory Santa Claus at St Marys meets Rylee Abric, 3.

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