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Santa rappels down the roof of the Colorado Springs Children's Hospital Friday

Posted at 8:28 AM, Dec 18, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-18 10:28:39-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Children's Hospital Colorado is trying to bring a little bit of joy to their patients this holiday season.

For the first time ever, Santa rappelled from the roof of the hospital as part of the Colorado Springs Children's Hospital's annual parade. Santa had help from the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Carson, as patients inside the hospital watched the big man in red rappel.

Businesses and partners from across the area paraded around the hospital including:

  • Children’s Colorado Emergency Service teams
  • Colorado Springs Police Department
  • Colorado Springs Fire Department
  • El Paso County Mounted Sheriff Riders
  • Pikes Peak Range Riders
  • Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Rangerettes 
  • Widefield Parks and Recreation
  • Colorado College
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Pine Creek High School Marching Band

The Denver Broncos mascot, as well as representatives from the Pikes Peak YMCA, also attended.
Many of the soldiers with the 10th Special Forces Group said it was an amazing experience.

"We have families, you know, people aren't indestructible," Maj. Charles Chellman with the United States Army said. "They have children. The support and care that the team here gives our kids when they need it is exceptional and this is just another way we can pay it forward and give back."

Maj. Chellman's 9-month-old son was born at the Children's Hospital, making this occasion a little bit more special for him.

This isn't the first event that the Colorado Springs Children's Hospital has held to help their patients this holiday season. Earlier this month, they held their annual "Cruisin' for the Children" motor parade to collect toys.

Motorists participate in Cruisin' for the Children toy donation event