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Colorado organization helps children with disabilities meet Santa during drive-thru event

Posted at 11:42 AM, Dec 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-20 13:42:42-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A holiday fundraiser event that was forced to change because of COVID-19 returned to the streets of Colorado Springs on Saturday.

The Resource Exchange (TRE), a social service organization, hosted its fourth annual drive-thru Santa event last weekend. The event took place along Corporate Drive in the northwest part of Colorado Springs.

Before the pandemic, TRE held a breakfast with Santa. Since the change, the event now offers an inclusive experience for kids with either disabilities or sensory issues to meet Santa.

TRE told News5 that this has made the drive-thru event more popular than ever.

"It's been so successful, as you see with the stream of cars... we've continued it because we are able to reach so many more children to help them get to see Santa," Colleen Batchelor, CEO of TRE, said.

Batchelor said the money that was raised during this event will help The Empty Stocking Fund, which buys toys for children in need.

According to their website, TRE's mission is to advocate for independence and inclusion while partnering with children and adults who have a variety of disabilities, delays, or mental health needs.

Last month, TRE taught families how they could adapt toys to make them easier for kids with disabilities to use.

To learn more about the organization, visit The Resource Exchange's Website.

Drive-thru event connects kids with disabilities and Santa