Children of all needs visit with Santa this holiday season

Annual Santa Cares Event

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Children with special needs visited Santa Claus this holiday season.

Mayfaire is hosted its annual Santa Cares event. It’s a sensory-friendly experience exclusively for families with children with special needs. During the event, there were accommodations made to support sensory, physical, and development needs for children of the community including muting mall music and keeping lights dim.

“Children with special needs sometimes get anxious when they see Santa, so this puts them in a calming, relaxing environment," said Paige Coniglio, and event coordinator. "They see familiar faces with the Autism Society so it immediately puts them at ease and it gives them the time that they need to spend with Santa.”

The event included crafts, activities with The STEM Labs, and of course, Santa Claus.

Santa Cares is in partnership with the Autism Society of North Carolina.

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