Once again, Hannah’s Care Packages is teaming up with Mr. Saint Nick himself so that all area children can have time with Santa.

The nonprofit that helps provide necessities to parents whose children are battling life-threatening illnesses or injuries in area hospitals is now helping medically fragile children visit Santa Claus at a special event set for Saturday, Dec. 8, at Madison Hills Christian Church.

According to Jessica Ball, Hannah’s Care Packages Founder/CEO, families can visit Santa in a comfortable one-on-one setting, allowing children a chance to meet the jolly old elf without the long mall lines that can be hard on sick or frail children.

Masks will be on hand for those that need them, as well as hand sanitizers. The event is handicap accessible.

“We put this event on for families of medically fragile children because chronically ill or immune compromised children can’t afford to be around the public during cold and flu season, and typically can’t go visit Santa in public places,” Ball said. “We provide a quiet, safe, sanitary environment for them at the church to be able to love on Santa and really enjoy the holidays like any kid should be able to.”

New crayons and craft supplies also will be available for kids to use during the event, as well as refreshments of cookies, hot cocoa and cider.

Ball explained that “medically fragile” can include, but is not limited to: children who are using trachea tubes, oxygen, feeding tubes, receiving chemo/radiation, are Autistic, Downs Syndrome, wheelchair bound and with suppressed/fragile immune systems.

The event was originally created by one of Hannah’s Care Package’s mothers who wanted her medically fragile and immune compromised son to be able to visit Santa.

“All of our amazing volunteers and donors make this happen,” Ball said.

Cookies with Santa for Medically Fragile Children will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, from 4-7 p.m. at Madison Hills Christian Church on Red House Road. Siblings are welcome. Those who are sick or have been exposed to illness within 24 hours of attending are kindly asked not to come to ensure there is no exposure to the families.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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