|Noah and Reagan visit with Santa|
The children had a great afternoon making crafts, jumping on the bounce house, playing with games and toys such as outdoor chalk and Nerf guns, and finally meeting Santa Claus. Santa was naturally gentle and kind, and he even brought his guitar to sing Christmas carols with the children. Every child had the opportunity to sit on Santa's lap and chat with him, and tell him their most secret wishes. Every child, young and old, received a gift and a wish for a wonderful holiday season.
The children weren't the only ones having fun. The parents and family members were able to bond and meet new friends. "It is nice to be able to bring our kids to a Christmas party and not be worried about their behavior," said Doreen Lund of ASRC. "Everyone here understands and works together to make it a great day for the kids."
Approximately 80 people attended the year-end celebration. The day started with holiday tattoos and crafts, a pot luck dinner, fun in the bounce house and other outdoor games, and time with Santa. It ended at dark with an outdoor Christmas movie complete with hot cocoa and popcorn. The families left with a new toy, some new friends, and a bright outlook for the upcoming year. ASRC looks forward to our new year ahead with these kids and their families as well.