Children with special needs meet Santa at University Park Mall


Kim Belisle normally wouldn't be in a shopping centre with her children around Christmas, but Sunday morning was different.

Green Tree Mall in Clarksville is making sure every child has a chance to see Santa, no matter their disability. "This was just a good way to bring him and also the siblings in", Breanne said. "Sometimes we have to miss out on things that we just can't do without these opportunities". This is Bodie's second time sitting with Santa. Sunday's event started at 9 a.m. before the stores opened and wrapped up before 11 a.m.

CherryVale Mall says this is the first time they've held the special event and hope to continue with it for years to come. The report says it's unknown who took the full Santa Claus suit and an extra hat from a back room at the mall.

"Children with autism, they become over stimulated in highlighted loud talking environments".

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Caring Santa has been operating across Simon Properties for several years. Clark's son Cael, 8, has autism and the family is adapting to his needs.

"When there is a lot more people, they get a lot more nervous. And it really means a lot to be able to go out and if their children do have a meltdown, all of us here understand, so they won't be met with criticism or judgment", Champion Autism Network Director Becky Large said.

While it appears the Caring Santa events in Houston wrapped for the season, other locations across Texas and the country still have availability.

Anyone interested can contact the mall administration to make an appointment to visit between 9 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.