A special Christmas party gives new meaning to joyful holidays for children and families struggling with health issues.
Saturday morning, Make–A-Wish of Nebraska hosted a Christmas party for wish children, Siblings and families from Western and Central Nebraska.
Most wish children have a disability or life threatening disease, so a party like this is a way for families to enjoy the holiday season.
"Personally it just warms your heart to see all these families. It's just a fun time for them to come out and spend time with their families," said event Co-chair Megan Mitchell. "And all of us really enjoys as volunteers to come out and help as well."
And for the wish families, it's a chance to interact with other families from around the area and know they're not alone.
"I think it's just really awesome that we can all come together and be supportive for each other," said wish family Tawnya, Kellen Strauser. "It's just neat to be in a room full of all these wish kids, to know you're not alone, and that your child is with other children who may be struggling with some type of health issue."
Saturday's activities included building gingerbread houses, making assorted crafts, a pizza party, and visiting with Santa.