Volunteer Santa Available for Special Needs Kids & Give Back With Operation Santa
posted by: Amber Johnson
John Shager has been a Santa for 32 years and is well acquainted with the long lines and drama associated with the man in red.
He is also a four-year cancer survivor.
In an effort to give back, he is volunteering his services for FREE and is willing to visit any group of families of children with autism or special needs who need extra time to discover Santa. Photographers are available but John’s intent is to offer an experience where families can take their own pictures and have a non-rushed visit with Santa without the lines.
John’s primary goal is to be a volunteer Santa to terminally-ill children all year long, whether it be visiting children and siblings in hospitals or in the oncology ward or at home. He is willing to be part of the hospice team to give a child and his/her siblings and parents love joy, hope, and peace, during the most difficult period in their lives.
For additional information, please go to www.servantsantas.com
The Tennyson Center for Children, one of the Rocky Mountain region’s largest treatment centers for abused, neglected and troubled children, needs your help to give the spirit of the holidays to hundreds of children through their Operation Santa.
Many of the youngsters at Tennyson Center for Children have never experienced a real holiday season. Anyone wishing to adopt a child or family can choose a “wish list”. These lists range from toy lists for the children to classroom, housing and program wish lists – items that are vital to the children’s successful treatment.
Rough economic times and the stressful holiday season can be dangerous times for children. As adults struggle to cope with anxieties, the potential for child abuse and neglect goes up. According to the 2009 Joint Budget Committee briefing on child welfare, Colorado’s 64 counties received about 76,000 reports of child abuse or neglect.
Please band your friends, school or church groups together to help bring a smile to these children’s faces this year.