Event lets special needs children visit St. Nick in calm environment

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The 4-year-old boy had never sat on Santa’s lap, given him his Christmas wish list or had his photo taken with the jolly, bearded man.

Gage Parton’s mother, Heather Parton, had always been afraid to bring her son to the mall to visit Santa because she worried how families and other kids would react to him.

Her son has autism and is not able to speak to others.

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