Children’s Village hosted its 14th annual Holiday party December 17th for children and families.
Over 250 children and their families attended this special event where each child gets to visit Santa and receives a small personalized gift. Families enjoy connecting with each other, eating cookies and participating in crafts and games.
As the event has grown over the years, the party has evolved to meet the needs of families. This year, two parties were held at Children’s Village in Yakima and an additional party was hosted for lower-valley families in Toppenish.
Eric Halvorson and his mother Christy shop every year for gifts for the party, donating proceeds from handmade lanyards Eric makes all year long. The West Valley High School Marketing Class designs and sells holiday cards and donates the proceeds to support the party.
Teen volunteers, parent to parent staff and many families volunteer to help wrap gifts, set up the events and help make sure every child who attends feels special and adored.
“We received a wonderful donation of stuffed animals and beautiful children’s books,” from the Flo White Guild,” Parent to Parent Coordinator Tracy Hoppis said. “Each year it is such a pleasure to watch the children open a gift and see the delight on their faces.”
A single mother with three young boys, two of which have Autism attended the party. Each boy received a Lego set and in their excitement retreated to the lobby to open the packages and begin playing. It was lovely to watch the brothers interact excitedly over their new toys.
Longtime supporter Spencer Hatton once again graced the party with his presence as ‘Edward the Elf.’ His popularity continues to grow as he assists Santa and ensures every party is a lively one!