Lions Club donates gifts to 49 students with special needs

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) — Nearly 50 Dayton Public School children were treated to a lunch and gifts from Santa Claus.

The event, sponsored by the Downtown Dayton Lion’s Club, aims at giving students with disabilities a good Christmas.img_9653

“Some of these children, this will be the only Christmas they have,” Todd Trautwein, President of the Lion’s Club said.

The organization donated nearly $1,000 worth of toys and gifts to the children, and their families.

Peering in the corner of the crowded conference room sat Quennella Murphy, and her son, Maurice.

“He knows who’s here. Santa Claus,” she said.

“I want to go see Santa,” Maurice was quick to chime in, and quick to want to leave an interview.

Six-year-old Maurice isn’t like most his age.

Behind tinted glasses he wore on Thursday, are cataracts. He’s only able to see some light and shadows.

“The first thing he ever heard, was from Van McCoy. Do the hustle. He loves that song,” she said.

And since that day — he can’t stop playing.

“Drums, piano, washing machine doors,” Murphy laughed.

The Lion’s Club has been running the program for 47 years now.

“We want to show these children that there are people who care,” Trautwein said.

img_9647The lunch and gift come free of charge — made possible by generous donations.

“We just enjoy it. To be perfectly honest with you. We get more out of it then the kids do. And the kids get everything out of it,” he said.

Maurice sat, and waited his turn to meet Saint Nick.

Murphy paused to see her son’s joyful reaction, as he shouted, “Merry Christmas!”

“This right here means the world to me. I love this,” she said.

Her son, along with so many others can see the reason for the season.

“It lets them know that they’re cared for,” she added, “And that they’re always loved,”

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