SaskTel held its annual Santa Face-to-Face this morning at the Ramada.
This event gives 20 Regina kids with disabilities the chance to meet Santa and gain some holiday cheer. SaskTel’s Tim Jones says this annual event gives these kids one-on-one time with “Santa’s elves” and other kids like them. “It’s just about making sure that kids who have maybe a little bit more challenges in terms of things like going to the mall to see Santa because maybe they can’t take the crowds or the noise, have a chance to experience that themselves in an environment that is safe and built around their needs instead of having to adapt to the world around them.”
This year SaskTel had crafts set up, music, dancing and of course a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. SaskTel says each child gets partnered with their own personal “elf” to spend the morning with. Tara Tibeau says she has been volunteering at this event for the past nine years and loves the one-on-one time. Tibeau says it allows the kids to choose what they want to do. “I know my little girl this year has been on the mic the entire time, it just depends on what they like to do. If they want to sing for four hours straight, we will sing for four hours straight.” She adds that volunteers just do what the kids want to do because it’s a day for them.
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Tibeau says she has gotten to know a few kids over the years and they are all special in their own way. “Just seeing the joy it brings them. It’s a simple thing to do but it mean a lot to them.”