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Soldiers Hold Party for Kids With Special Needs

The Tobyhanna Army Depot invited about 300 kids to a Christmas party.
Tobyhanna, Monroe County – As the music blasted, “Ole, ole, ole,” three hundred kids did a
conga line with Mickey Mouse. They also did the Hokey Pokey with Tux the
Penguin and jammed to the YMCA with Winnie the Pooh.

It was quite an exciting day for children with special needs at the Tobyhanna Army
Depot. Every year depot employees invite students from about forty area schools
to “Operation Santa Claus.” "We're always out there trying to meet with
our community families and help them wherever we can,” said Depot employee
Walter Dorosky.

Soldiers joined the kids for lunch, made crafts, and danced with them. Army Recruiter
Kara Wilson smiled, "It's a good view for the kids to see soldiers out
there that care and want to give back to the community. It's fun."

Santa stopped by. Dunmore Elementary School student Aidan Kearney gave him his wish
list including, "A remote control car and a fire engine that's red and
pink, and a red ambulance."

Many children with special needs are often left out of events like parties. Their teachers
said they enjoyed being invited. Teacher Susan Jacobs from North Pocono
Elementary smiled, "It's a fantastic event for them. They look forward to
it every year. And the people here are so wonderful and so nice. They treat the
kids so wonderfully."

The depot employees pay for the party with money from “Red Friday” shirt sales. They sell
red military support shirts all year long.

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