Wendell Foster is hosting its “Close-Ups with the Clauses!” event this Saturday. The event includes portraits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and other activities. New this year is a sensory-friendly hour for individuals who are on the autism spectrum or have sensory-related challenges.
The event will be held in the Elmer Administration Building on Wendell Foster’s campus, located at 815 Triplett Street. The sensory-friendly hour will be from 10-11 a.m., and the event will open for all other attendees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entire event is free and open to the public.
During the sensory-friendly hour, lights will be lowered and music will be turned off to promote a calming, quiet environment. Each attendee who takes a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus will receive a link to digitally download their photo after the event.
Kara Howard, Vice President of Development and Community Engagement at Wendell Foster, said the purpose of the event is to welcome community members to the campus to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season together.
“Last year, this event was a true highlight of 2022. Coming together with children and adults, with and without disabilities, for experiences and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus brought joy to so many,” Howard said. “We are thankful we get to host it again. By offering the new sensory hour, we hope that those who prefer a less stimulating environment will be able to enjoy the same holiday spirit at Wendell Foster.”
For questions, contact Community Engagement Specialist Kirk Aldridge at 270-852-1460 or [email protected].