Happy Holidays From the Tommy Foundation

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The Original and First Providers of Sensitive Santa

The Tommy Foundation, Lancaster County Chapter, 4th Annual

We wanted to say some special thanks for those that participated in our December main event—Sensitive Santa. For Lancaster, this was our 4th year doing this particular event and it couldn’t have gone better. We had to make some changes to make it a truly, sensory and enjoyable experience for families that needed it and everyone kept stating how much they loved the opportunity to have Santa to themselves for 15 minutes and without a lot of the commotion normally associated with a larger venue.

Special thanks to The Shank and Herbster families for everything you did to put this day together from finding Santa to volunteering as a Santa’s helper, baking cookies,decorating and more. Thank you to Scott Bledsoe of Ryan’s Hope Imagery and Tyler Strausbaugh of Tyler Strausbaugh Visuals for your time and talent with taking the pictures. Thank you to Julia Kelman and The Students for Autism Club at Franklin and Marshall College as well as the Asian Cultural Society for setting up an afternoon of fun for your buddies so they could enjoy some crafts and activities since we did have the change in venue that couldn’t really accommodate this aspect that so many of them did love. Immense thanks to “Toys for Tots” for giving us presents again for our families. As always this adds a very special touch for our families and brightens up the kids holidays. Finally thank you to Susan Luu, Kim Shank and Rich Everts for helping with baking all the cookies for both Sensitive Santa dates and the Buddy session.

This year we had a special day dedicated to families that had some more need for extra special holiday cheer so we had a separate ice cream social right before Thanksgiving that included food items for those that requested it as well as pajamas and books from long-time partner Alyssa’s Bedtime Stories.

The Tommy Foundation, NYC Chapter, 3rd Annual

We wish to thank the families and volunteers that made the 3rd Annual Sensitive Santa Event in the city so special. Thank you to:

President, Kat Harrison and her loving family for all you do for the community and your tireless efforts to help bring joy to others during the Holidays. We couldn’t put on an event like this without a location so thank you to Church of The Resurrection for allowing us to use your space for the event. Our long time volunteers and the new who give so much of their time and energy have a special place in our hearts–Yveline, Carlyn, Elena, Rito, David, Cassandre, Jean, Antonella, Leslie. Thank you Sheilah for taking the time out of your day to take the pictures for the families. Thank you to Melody of Autism for providing us with extra hands to work directly with the children to keep them entertained and imbued with the Holiday spirit. Bielka of Cruz ‘N Fun, thank you for your wonderful face painting and balloon twisting. Finally, there would be no Santa event without Kris Kringle himself and some presents so many thanks to Santa Joe and Maria Alfonso for your time and the gifts for the children.

Lastly, we recently had some special events and we wanted to thank the moms and dads that attended our first ever Holiday Gift Exchange for moms at TGI-Fridays and the dad’s day out at Slick Willie’s Indoor Carting.

Happy Holidays and thanks everyone for a wonderful 2014!