CRS offices host Christmas parties

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Children’s Rehabilitation Service offices throughout the state celebrated the holidays by inviting consumers and their families to visit.

The Anniston Children’s Rehabilitation Service office hosted its first Christmas event for children with severe disabilities Friday, Dec. 13. Participants had an opportunity to take pictures with Santa, play games, help the Grinch get into the Christmas spirit, and even spend time with a hippopotamus.

The Homewood Children’s Rehabilitation Service office participated in the annual Christmas Celebration conducted by the TriCounty Agency for Intellectual Disabilities in Jasper.

TriCounty serves current and former CRS clients through waiver and in-home services. Through the celebration, TriCounty partnered with Walker County community businesses to provide food, Christmas presents, and a live band for all the participants. Homewood CRS office participants included coordinators Ginny Rediker and Vivian Winters, staff nurse Lindsey Rickles, and District Supervisor Billy Ronilo. All are part of a care team that provides CRS services to residents of Walker County. This year there was an informational table that included brochures highlighting all ADRS programs and services. Wheelchair cleaning and tune-ups were also available.

Children with disabilities and their families gathered Monday, Dec. 16, at Walton Park in Dothan for an opportunity to celebrate the holidays, network, and learn more about the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program at the winter PAC and YAC meeting. ADAP Director James Tucker offered a very informative presentation on the program and how it advocates for people with disabilities.

The Muscle Shoals Children’s Rehabilitation Service office welcomed jolly old Saint Nicholas Thursday, Dec. 5, for an evening of fun, food, arts, and crafts. Santa noted that the members of the CRS staff and children in attendance had all been very nice.

The Mobile Children’s Rehabilitation Service office welcomed several special guests Monday, Dec. 2, to kick off the holiday season with a visit from Santa Claus. The children had an opportunity to let Saint Nick know what was on their list and make new friends.

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