GAAAFSN hosts festive United Arc holiday party 

  • Crystal Parent, left, of The United Arc accepts a generous donation from the North Quabbin Masonic Temple, presented by Axel Larsen. —Submitted photo

Published: 12/13/2018 9:46:58 AM

ATHOL – The United Arc and the Greater Athol Area Advocates for Families with Special Needs (GAAAFSN) enjoyed an annual holiday party. It was hosted by GAAAFSN in the Athol Community Elementary School this year. Families dressed in their festive holiday swag filled the room with cheer and excitement for what was to come: food, Santa and, of course, gifts. Kids giggled as they chased each other through the maze of tables and parents smiled as they watched. After more than 160 people filled their bellies with food and cake, the singing and chanting for Santa commenced. Each individual who The United Arc serves was given a gift from Santa as well as an opportunity for a photograph. The evening concluded with raffle prizes and an abundance of hugs.

The holiday season can be difficult. This holiday party provides an opportunity for the individuals The United Arc serves to join together in a welcoming community environment. Many individuals made the holiday party a success. GAAAFSN expressed its appreciation to the North Quabbin Masonic Temple for their generous annual donation.

GAAAFSN, a partner program of The United Arc, advocates for and provides support to The United Arc in providing community-based family and individual supports/services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The United Arc supports people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving the universal goals of inclusion, choice, and independence. Every year the organization provides services to individuals and their families in Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, and Worcester counties of Massachusetts. The United Arc maintains a robust history of providing quality services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families dating back to 1951.



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