Children with disabilities get a ‘sense’ of the holidays

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HOUSTON, TX - Approximately 400 children with various physical and mental challenges had a chance to experience the holidays in a very special way.  The Harris County Medical Society Alliance hosted the 42nd annual "Touch, Smell and Hear" holiday event at the Health Museum, bringing joy to special ed students from all over the greater Houston area.

"This is a free event for the schools," said Emily Morgan, co-chair of the event.  "We have a choir, we have Santa and Mrs. Claus and we have cookies and drinks for the kids."

Children waited in line to meet Santa and get their Teddy bear.  But there was a bubble machine along the way, so the wait was still fun. In addition, two 12-foot, fully decorated Christmas trees invited the kids to explore a world of sensations.

"Our kids learn in different way," explained Thompson Elementary teacher Victoria Tubbs.  "All of them have their own unique ways of learning: some of them are visual learners, so they get to see… some of them are more physical, so they get to touch things and smell and so, yes, they gonna get to learn a lot of things and it's really nice."

The Harris County Medical Society Alliance was established in 1919, for the spouses of the Harris County Medical Society, to engage in philanthropic activities.