Left, Sawyer Palmer sitting on Santa’s lap with his mother, Angie. Right, Sawyer Palmer with his mother, Angie. Submitted Sawyer Palmer sitting on Santa’s lap with his mother, Angie. Submitted

Not a single child left out

This holiday season, Santa did his best to make sure every child felt a healthy dose of Christmas cheer.

Last weekend at the Elkview Operations and Coal Mountain Operations Christmas parties, Santa attended, to the joy of many children. The mother of a child has spoken out about the extra special care and consideration given to her child.

Sawyer, the son of Angie and Jared Palmer, sat on Santa’s lap for the first time this year. Sawyer is a four-year-old boy with autism, and this year, Christmas was extra special for him.

“When my son Sawyer went to see Santa, they were so wonderful,” said Angie. “I had informed them that Sawyer was autistic and they were all so sweet, nurturing, calm and patient.

“I have never witnessed something so sweet in all my life. This made my Christmas and I’m sure, Sawyer’s too.”

For the last four years, Angie explained that Sawyer has never been comfortable sitting on Santa’s lap. However, this year was different. As the Palmers were leaving, Sawyer even gave Santa a high five.

“In a world where my son is so often left out and excluded, these people made him feel welcome,” said Angie.

The Sawyer’s would like to extend a big thank-you and Merry Christmas to all the staff at Elkview Operations and Coal Mountain Operations, and of course Santa.

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Sawyer Palmer with his mother, Angie. Submitted

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