12 Santas visiting individuals with Down syndrome, families in Middle Tennessee this weekend

Posted at 12:57 PM, Dec 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 13:57:44-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A dozen Santas will be deployed by The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) this weekend to visit 100 individuals with Down syndrome and their families, the organization announced Saturday.

DSAMT historically celebrates the holidays with a large gathering of families; however, those plans had to be canceled due to COVID-19.

"Individuals with Down syndrome have been hit especially hard and really struggled to adapt to this 'new normal,'" said DSAMT Executive Director Alecia Talbott. "Staying active and social is imperative for their development, mental and physical health and long-term inclusion in our communities. Being able to bring just a small moment of joy to those who bring extraordinary happiness to our lives is truly a blessing."

The 12 Santas will be visiting families throughout the Middle Tennessee region this weekend.

More information on the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee and its programs can be found on their website.