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For Immediate Release

Sensitive Santa Richmond Brings Joy to Special Needs Families

Boys and Girls are Given a Rare and Memorable Visit with St. Nick

RICHMOND, V.A., December 14, 2015

RICHMOND, V.A., December 10, 2015 -- Sensitive Santa Richmond provided special needs children and their families with the rare opportunity to visit with Jolly Ole St. Nick and the Snow Queen in a calm and peaceful environment. 

Children, who never sat on Santa's lap before, did during the two-night event hosted by Allianz Global Assistance.  Special thanks to community sponsors to making this event free to these families with challenges.  Each family went  home with a photo of this memoriable event thanks to Hayes & Fisk Photography.

Gage with santa

One of the highlights of Sensitive Santa Richmond was with Gage, 8, diagnosed with Down Syndrome and has global delays.  For Gage, this was a huge event, as this was the first time he was able to sit with Santa.  Due to loud noises in malls and other locations where Santa is, Gage has never been able to handle visiting with Santa.  It was a big moment for his mom and big brother as well.

His mother, Rena, said, "Thank you so much for an event like this. You made my son's day and also gave him the chance to meet Santa!" 


Many other families had similar experiences.  Something as simple as sitting on Santa's lap is a hardship for many special needs kids.  This event made dreams come true - and gave Santa a longer wish list!

Thank you to sponsors:

  • Allianz Global Assistance
  • Hayes & Fisk Photography
  • The Denny Hamlin Foundation
  • For Art's Sake Art Gallery
  • Summit Media
  • Contributions from SuperValu, Martin's of Short Pump, Food Lion on Lauderdale Drive, and Sweet Frog on Staples Mill Road

santa and staff


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