THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - For some Thomas County students this year is extra special because they are got to sit down with Santa.
The YMCA partnered with both the city and county schools in Thomasville to offer a field trip for students with special needs.
A lot of smiles, a lot of hugs, and of course a lot of holiday joy
A classic holiday childhood memory that many share is meeting jolly old Saint Nick during the holiday season, but there are some children who don't always get the chance.
"These kids you know they don't have a lot of involvement outside of school, you know for some of them," said Nikki Chaney, Teacher.
Waiting in long longs and dealing with overcrowded malls is not always an option for children with special needs, who long to meet Santa to make sure they are on the Nice list for Christmas.
"We don't get to do this at our school and some of them don't have the parents to carry them to see Santa at other places," said Chaney.
So what better way than to see Santa right down the road at the YMCA with all of their classmates and friends.
"It feels special to me," said student, Nick Casey.
Special to them and heartening to those who got to see their faces light up during this extraordinary experience.
"Its been really heartwarming to see, especially one of my kids who usually doesn't do well with other people especially strangers and he just ran up to Santa and gave him a big hug," said Chaney.
These students knew exactly what they wanted Santa to leave under their tree this year.
Don't worry we checked with Santa and he told us ALL of these students are definitely on the nice list.