We tried to find the words to tell you just how much joy you bring to all of us at Glenwood. Rather than write a thousand words, we thought we’d let this picture do the job. Our donors make it possible year-round for Glenwood professionals to meet the mission of enabling each individual we serve to reach his or her potential.
So many people have helped make Christmas better for those we serve. Santa has made sure all who wanted to visit with him had the opportunity. Standing in line to visit Santa at the mall is not always an option for children with autism. So, we brought the experience directly to programs. In the photo above, Santa is listening to wishes from those who attend the Mallie M. Ireland Children’s Center in Avondale. Some of the children warmed up quickly while others were a little more hesitant. The sensory-friendly experience got some of the families pictures they might not have been able to get otherwise. And Santa took his time to give each child the space needed to share in this timeless Christmas tradition.
Operation Santa is another way many make sure that everyone who lives in Glenwood’s residential homes has a few presents under the tree. Thanks to generous donors, we were able to fulfill wishes for adults who have no biological family and supplement those whose families have limited means. Donors include a group called “Jon’s Army” after an adult in Glenwood’s care and many friends.
Internal Medicine Specialists adopted one home for adults with autism, bringing gifts perfectly suited for each person. They also bought recreational equipment for the guys to enjoy at home. Asbury United Methodist Church’s Esther Circle does special things for children in Overton Home, which is owned by Embrace Alabama Kids. For Christmas, they make and fill beautiful stockings for each child and fulfill each one’s wish list.
Thank you to all who bring joy to those we serve at Glenwood! We wish you and your family much joy and many smiles this holiday season.