'Ho, ho, ho!' When Santa Claus walked into the Christmas party with his trademark greeting, children waved happily and stood up to welcome the jolly, but surprisingly slim, Santa. As well as being thinner than usual, he was also probably the cleverest of Santas - handing out tailor-made gift bags to every child. Yesterday at the Uncle James' Child Development Centre of St James' Settlement, 23 children and their parents joined a Christmas party organised by staff from Coutts Bank. To surprise the children, staff and therapists from the centre formed a 'think-tank' for Santa and helped him to prepare gift packs, which were donated by Coutts Bank. The children who attend the centre suffer from autism, speech delay or other developmental problems. 'We bought the toys according to the kids' needs,' said Wendy Leung Tsui-wan, programme manager of the centre. 'With these toys, parents can provide their kids with more training back home and improve their communication skills.' Staff from Coutts Bank entertained partygoers by singing Christmas carols. Among them was Ciro Ahmad, senior executive vice-president. 'It's really great to see the kids' energy and they are opening up, even with the very slim Santa Claus,' Mr Ahmad said. 'I could have been Santa, but I can't speak Cantonese.' He added that the party allowed staff to make personal contributions to the community. Mrs Cheung and her husband came to the party with her sons, six-year-old Terry and four-year-old Parco, both with speech delay - a condition which affects how children's language and speech skills develop. Mrs Cheung said she was hesitant about taking her children to the party because she was afraid people might laugh at the boys' pronunciation. 'But I want them to learn to get along with other children and have a social life like others, so I decided to take them here,' she said. Coutts Bank has been supporting OSC for two years. This year, the leading international private bank donated HK$150,000 to OSC as well as sponsoring yesterday's party.