Fairlawn Plaza hosts holiday shopping event for Easterseals Capper Foundation kids

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - More than 40 years of holiday tradition continued at Fairlawn plaza Saturday morning.

Easterseals Capper Foundation partners with Fairlawn Plaza each year to provide children who receive therapy services a visit to Santa’s Workshop, as well as a shopping trip and lunch.

After telling their Christmas wishes to Santa, kids were given up to $35 each to buy gifts for friends and family at the nearby Walgreens and then their presents were wrapped by Fairlawn Plaza staff free of charge.

They ended the event with a lunch at Kiku Steakhouse.

Mom Natalie Alfrey says her son Camron benefits greatly from the event.

"This gives Cameron some exposure with all the other kids who have special needs as well, so it creates a sort of comfortability for him being out in these types of situations." Alfrey said.

Organizers said getting folks out for events like these help change the way the world defines and views disabilities.