The Moody Clinic celebrates Christmas early

News Center 23

POSTED: Friday, December 20, 2013 - 7:21pm

UPDATED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 12:34pm

Christmas is still another five days away, but that didn't stop the festivities or families from making their way to the Moody Clinic in Brownsville - a clinic which specializes in helping children who have special needs or other physical disabilities.

"At this party, all of our children who have special needs fit in," said The Moody Clinic's executive director Debbie Sears. "They all, they don't stand out, they all fit in and they can run around and participate to their level."

"it brings joy to the kids and it's a holiday season so it's very important to give other people what they need and to give them the spirit of Christmas."

Children got their face painted, played several rounds of hot potato, and even got to get up close and personal with a few furry critters from the Gladys Porter Zoo -- all before one very familiar face arrived on the scene to give children educational gifts to help with various motor skills:

"Santa, yay!"

"The families are always elated with the party," said Sears. "They think it's a special party for their special children and they're pleased."

"Moody Clinic...they're so kind and generous here in anything they do," said Moody Clinic member Sarah Trstenjak. "It's fun, they help you with your kids, and they just exude love to the kids, and so I was excited for us to be able to come."

"We think it's a really good program," said Norma Figueroa. ""They do a lot for all the children here and my son loves coming here."

And despite receiving gifts themselves, the kids seemed to realize the true importance of the celebration:

"They are a non-profit organization and people who do not have the funds to come here are either, come for free or Moody Clinic pays themselves," said Moody Clinic member Noah Trstenjak.

"It's fun to see children enjoy, um, this time of year and they help us and it's really nice to know that people can help us at this time," said Moody Clinic member Naomi Trstenjak.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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