It’s a SNN Christmas Extravaganza!

Christmas comes early this year here at Special Needs Network! On Thursday, December 20th, we will be hosting not one, but TWO holiday toy giveaway celebrations. Our first ever “Lunch with Santa” will take place from 12 pm (noon) to 3 pm, while the annual “Christmas Care Exchange and Toy Giveaway” will happen in the evening, from 5 to 8 pm. Both events will be held at the Ronald Tutor Grand Ballroom on the campus of the University of Southern California.

The events have reached capacity. We are expecting to host over 1,500 children, young teens, and their families over the two events. Thousands of toys will be given out, including sensory toys for children with autism and related developmental disabilities. Additionally, there will be meals, meet and greet with Santa and his elves, music, holiday arts and crafts, games, and special door prizes and raffles.

Having consistently gained popularity, our Christmas celebration drew a crowd of over 600 attendees last year, up from just 200 in 2010. This year, our decision to host a 2nd event came after our annual event reached capacity just three days after registration opened.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and partners: El Pollo Loco, Walmart, AT&T, CBS2/KCAL9, Monica Holloway, Sister Spice Ministries, Beta Gamma Nu, Aisha and Quincy Smith, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, CHiPs for Kids, USC Joint Educational Project, and Farmers.

“We are thankful to have the resources and support from our sponsors and community partners to host a second Christmas event,” said President & Founder Areva Martin Esq., “This is truly a community effort at bringing Christmas to more people.”

Want to join in on the effort? We are still collecting toys for our families! To make a donation, please contact us by email at info@specialneedsnetwork.org or by phone at 213-389-7100.

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6 Responses to It’s a SNN Christmas Extravaganza!

  1. I wanted to register for the SNN meet and greet with Santa along with the free toy giveaway.

    • admin says:

      Dear Michelle,

      Unfortunately we’ve reached capacity for the events and are no longer taking registrations. Please add yourself to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be notified of future events well in advance.

      Thank you, and our sincerest apologies.

  2. Esmeralda says:

    To whom it may concern,
    I would love my child to attend Christmas with Santa is there. Any possibilities that if any cancels or is unable to show up To contact me . Thanks for your time…hope to hear back and thank you again

    • admin says:

      Dear Esmeralda,

      We are already at beyond capacity, so even if there are cancellations the event will still be full. Thank you for your interest and we offer our sincerest apologies. Please add yourself to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be notified of future events well in advance.

      Thank you again.

  3. deb says:

    Can you give me more info
    Is the one for the eveing happending ?

    • admin says:

      Dear Deb,

      Both events will happen. However, we have reached capacity for both so we’re no longer taking registrations. Please add yourself to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be notified of future events well in advance.

      Thank you, and our sincerest apologies.

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