'Secret Santa' throws bash for Miracle League of Michigan - FOX 32 News Chicago

'Secret Santa' throws bash for Miracle League of Michigan

Posted: Updated:

Dozens of families with children who are part of the Miracle League of Michigan gathered in Royal Oak Sunday for their first-ever holiday bash. The event was paid for with a $10,000 donation from a local businessman.

Click on the video player to watch Robin Schwartz's report.

In the summer, the meet on a baseball field in Southfield. Children with disabilities from across Metro Detroit come to play ball and experience the thrill of the game. They even have a fantasy camp with the Detroit Tigers.

Sunday, it was a reunion in the off season. Miracle League players enjoyed face painting, crafts, cookie decorating and a festive holiday party just for them.

"The Miracle League is a blessing," said Chris Dean who has two children in the program. "To see our kids be able to play and not just play but enjoy each other's company without judgement. You can't put a value on that."

Parents say the program helps children build confidence and self esteem. Just ask 12-year-old Christian Dean who plays third base.

"It's such a great organization which helps kids who aren't always cool kids," he said. "But here, they're always the cool kids."

And what could be cooler than a party with about 400 of your closest friends? It's the first time they've done this thanks to the generosity of Mark Waad, 28, of Shelby Township. He owns an auto body shop and is a first-time dad. When he learned about the Miracle League through Community Choice Credit Union, he donated $10,000 to make the party possible.

"When I walked in here today I [saw] all of these beautiful kids. I'm speechless," Waad said. "These are all God's children -- and God's gifts."

The children say it was an awesome celebration. Now, they're counting the days until Christmas and the next Miracle League season. Click HERE to learn more about the Miracle League of Michigan.

 

 

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • 33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:10:22 GMT
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
  • Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:18:32 GMT
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:34:12 GMT
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
  • Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:27:31 GMT
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
  • Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:48:38 GMT
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices