BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Lots of food, fun and smiles were all part of Wednesday’s 57th annual Biloxi Elks Lodge Christmas party for special needs children.
More than 100 children from the Harrison County Child Development Center were more than jolly during the first-class event.
Throughout the Biloxi Elks Lodge, there was plenty of stirring, singing and Christmas cheer as the special needs kids showed up for this annual holiday party that dates all the way back to 1961.
With Santa and Mrs. Claus on the front row, many of the kids sang all the usual Christmas songs, and some new ones, as they made this event their own.
“We went down to decorate the buses this morning, and wish you could’ve seen them, hanging out the windows, and yes, they’re enjoying this very, very much,” said Chuck Burdine, volunteer with the Biloxi Elks Lodge.
The kids weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves. Adults were too, including Elks Lodge member and first-time party volunteer Joe Harold.
“It’s for the children. I’ve heard a lot of talk about this and how wonderful it was, and seeing the smiles on their faces is just awesome. The school bus coming in and helping the kids off the bus, and these kids are just awesome," he said.
The kids love this party, but as for the volunteers, one even said that she had lost her Christmas spirit until she started helping out at this event.
Everyone was feeling good at the party, the kids, the volunteers and the first responders who also chipped in to help.