December 13, 2013
At Epic, bringing joy to our clients is our favorite gift to give. Last weekend, we were able to do just that for our kiddos.
For the second year in a row, we partnered with Caring Santa to offer our clients the opportunity to receive a photo session with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment. Epic offices participated in a total of 13 Caring Santa events throughout Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
In El Paso, over 45 families participated in the largest event held to date at Cielo Vista Mall. The local news stations – KFOX14 and KTSM News Channel 9 – covered the event and interviewed our very own Robert Yocom, executive director.
“The kids were overjoyed,” said Robert. “Their faces lit up when Santa interacted with them. They weren’t afraid of him. It was amazing to see.”
Caring Santa also brought holiday cheer to children in Austin, where approximately 150 families participated.
“Many of the parents thanked us,” said Nick Dowdell, client services coordinator. “They said their kids had been looking forward to seeing Santa all week.”
Included in the fun-filled day were snacks and activities for the children and opportunities for families to meet and share their experiences with one another.
In addition to Caring Santa, four Epic locations hosted events to allow their clients and families from the community to meet Santa.
Epic’s Temple office hosted Santa photo sessions at the malls in Temple and College Station.
The Corpus Christi office partnered with Lutheran Social Services to host a visit with Santa for foster children and their families. Kyle Craven, executive director, dressed up as Santa, and the Corpus Christi team welcomed children with goodie-filled stockings and lunch.
“We had such a great time with the kids and their families,” said Mary Beth Gonzalez, client relations director. “Many of these kids have been through a lot, so it is nice to give them an opportunity to see Santa and have some fun.”
And that’s not all! In San Antonio, the Epic Pediatric Therapy clinic hosted a visit with Santa.
“The event was exciting for clients and staff alike,” said Norma Reyes, speech-language pathologist. “Serving our clients with the best care is our mission, but providing their families with the opportunity to make unforgettable memories is our passion.”
It has truly been an Epic holiday season. We are so grateful to our clients, families and staff who made these events so successful.