The host of the annual Special Needs Christmas Party, the Highland Lakes Service League, was excited to bring the fun back inside on December 3rd. This was a driving event last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. This year the party was once again held in the gymnasium of the First United Methodist Church in Marble Falls.
The Service League has been hosting this unique Christmas party for about two decades, bringing together young people and adults with special needs, family members and caregivers. For some of them, it’s an opportunity to reconnect with friends they may only see once or twice a year.
Volunteers have transformed the gymnasium and several classrooms into a “festive Christmas wonderland”.
Service League officials said around 190 guests from all lakes in the Highlands attended the party. Several volunteers and businesses provided support. League member Nancy Heerssen and her husband John Garner made a donation so that each guest left with a backpack.
One of the regular supporters, Ben Shields of KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune, was on hand to provide music, which kept the guests on the dance floor.
In addition to food and treats, guests enjoyed craft projects, face painting, and more.
Of course, Santa Claus made an appearance and spent time with each guest, carefully writing down what they wanted for Christmas.
Members of the Service League shared their appreciation for all who helped make the annual Special Needs Christmas Party a wonderful experience for the guests.
“We look forward to this event every year,” according to a statement from the HLSL. “It brings great joy and blessings to all who support and assist. “
Visit the Highland Lakes Service League website to learn more about the organization and how to get involved.