Music, dancing, and a visit from Santa Clause is all it takes to get the hundreds of children and adults in Huntsville's special needs community to let loose and celebrate the Holiday season.
Saturday the Huntsville Firefighter's ASsociation hosted it's 15th annual Christmas Party for special needs children and adults.
It provided an opportunity for the families to relax and be themselves.
"I don't know if they have any other event quite like this one," said Steve Butler, President of the Huntsville Firefighter's Association. "Families have been calling for a month now asking when the dance was going to be."
The guests themselves vary in age and need, some with developmental disabilities to others with physical ailments, but they all share a common experience.
"You can come here and they can fit in with their peer group and they can enjoy themselves without being stared at or laughed at or anything like that," said Pam Pruitt, a mother of 3 special needs children. "They can come here and feel comfortable in their own skin."
The families of special needs children and adults say they share a unique struggle, but in return, are blessed in ways they never would have expected.
"Every child or adult with special needs has a sweet spirit," said Pruitt.