This was a special shopping day at Boscov's, tailored just for shoppers with special needs.

This opportunity is a tradition in the Boscov's Department Store chain.  It's the second time for the Millcreek Mall store.

Therapy dogs were on hand to greet the shoppers.

From 9:00 a.m. until noon was set aside as a time for anyone with physical or intellectual challenges to come shopping.

For the second time, students in the Life Skills program at Fairview High School came shopping on the special event day. 

Abby Yatsko, Life Skills teacher at Fairview said it's a great event for her students.  The store opens a little early, has extra staff and provides gift wrapping, all to make things easier.  "This means the world to my families of my students also to my students, they look forward to this every year," Yatsko said.

The experience helps students work on money skills, so they had to budget, taking into account a 15% coupon offered by the store. "This year we’re actually shopping for each other, my students are doing a secret Santa, so it’s been really fun for them to go around the store and think about their peers and what would they want, and then to be able to do that in an environment where they can be successful, I think makes the world of difference," Yatsko added.

Students were looking for gifts for their family members, as well as their Secret Santa. Cullen Hanlon said he got all his shopping done. "Yes I did, I got all of my family on my list."

Orrin Petermann said he found some good presents, but he was keeping it confidential.  "Yep...top secret, top secret," Orrin said.

According to Boscov's public relations manager Christine Fetcho the event was promoted on social media, and with announcements in the store.  "We have our Facebook page which is wonderful, if you go to Boscovs Erie, people find out that way, we also announce it on the store’s intercoms before the event so that customers know we’re having a special event," Fetcho said.