Quiet Santa

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November 23, 2016
​​The Isthmus covered our event in their Thanksgiving issue.  Read all about it here: http://isthmus.com/arts/emphasis/quiet-santa-for-kids-with-autism/. 


October 21, 2015

Plans are underway for Quiet Santa 2015!  Our fourth year!  This wouldn't be possible without all our great supporters, donors and sponsors.  We are 100% donation-based and each event is contingent on the monies raised.  That said, a HUGE thank you for allowing us to continue this unique opportunity for the kiddos and their families.  Donations for this year's event can be made by visiting: https://www.gofundme.com/QuietSanta2015.


December 6, 2014

Marisa Silvas of NBC-Channel 15 joined Quiet Santa on Saturday. Watch her great recap here: http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Quiet-Santa---prevents-sensory-overload-284987541.htm


December 6, 2014

We did it!  We hit our fundraising goal!  A special thank you to the individual donors and our sponsors; without your support, Quiet Santa wouldn't be possible.  Kindly thank and support the following organizations: Wisconsin Early Autism Project, Applied Tech, American Transmission Company, VFW Post 8483, Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin and a big shout-out to our photographers, Roots to Wings Photography and Raspberry Lane Photography.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!


December 1, 2014

As of today, Quiet Santa participants (RSVP's) have more than doubled since last year's event. The audience has expanded, too! In addition to hosting children with autism, this year we will also have children with brain injury, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorders and other unique needs joining us. Check back next week for photos!



November 6, 2014

Sponsorships and donations are what makes Quiet Santa possible.  We have two sponsorship packages available starting at $200.  See our Sponsor page for more information.



October 15, 2014

Plans for Quiet Santa 2014 are underway!  We locked in a new location for this year at Center for Families on the north east side of Madison.  Families will enjoy an inviting play room during their wait and still be able to meet with Santa privately.  This location is also wheelchair accessible and there is onsite, free parking!


May 4, 2014
Quiet Santa was the Water Sponsor at today's One Walk, Big Strides 5k
walk hosted by the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin.
Many hadn't heard of Quiet Santa yet so it was great to explain our
​program and to hear all the positive support for our efforts!

December 16, 2013

The 2013 Quiet Santa event was a success. We had 40 children visit us this year; which is double from 2012. Many families reported that this was their first time getting their child to visit with Santa. Our photographers did an AMAZING job! I highly recommend Raspberry Lane Photography and Roots to Wings Photography. These ladies went above and beyond for us and the families that attended. We received news coverage from CBS (chan. 3) and NBC (chan. 15). You can view the video from NBC here: http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Quiet-Santa-offers-calm-experience-for-kids-on-autism-spectrum--235952461.html

Thank you (!!) for your donations. We couldn't have done this without your support. Watch for Quiet Santa again in 2014.

​Your hosts,
Julie Sheldon, Jim Sheldon, and Dave Farwell.


December 12, 2013

With your support, we were able to gain the attention of the Today Show! You can check out the article here: http://www.today.com/moms/quiet-santas-help-kids-autism-make-christmas-wishes-2D11723567 . This weekend are are expecting around 50 children; which is over twice as many as last year. Thank you for helping make this possible!


December 2012

Our inaugural year!  We literally pulled it all together in 2 weeks, from idea to conception to hosting the event.  We were so pleased with the support and turn-out.  Families were grateful and our hearts are full.  Theo Keith from Channel 3 stopped on our first day.  You can watch the news recap here!  (We promise to get a better costume and decorations in the future.)