Annual special needs Christmas party gets visit from special guest (PHOTOS)

The Elks hosted its annual special needs party and had its own special guest.

HOBOKEN – The Elks Lodge here held its annual Christmas party for those with special needs and for Maria, Santa Claus is her favorite part of the event. 

“I love that fact that Santa comes and Frosty, look what he gave me last year,” Maria, a longtime event-goer, said as she showed off her bracelet. “I believe in Santa.” 

Maria is one of dozens of Hudson County residents who comes out to the party ebery year. She is also one of many who personally receives a present from Santa Claus.  

But Santa gets some help from Elks’ members, who receive toy donations, wrap them and set them up behind Santa’s chair. 

Rick Gerbehy, a former Elks exalted ruler, said that it’s all for charity. 

“Charity is the cornerstone of Elks-ism,” Gerbehy said, “as the slogan goes.” 

Attendees – who range from children to young adults – enjoyed popcorn, sweets and festive music as they waited for their special guest, Santa.  

Click on the photo gallery above for a look at the party. 

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