Tuesday's Child: Foster children experience joy of Christmas
COLORADO SPRINGS -
The holiday season is special for many of us as we spend time with friends and family and exchange gifts. For kids just entering foster care, this is quite possibly the first time they'll experience the magic of the Christmas season.
"We have made a very special trip from the North Pole to visit our friends at Hope and Home," Santa told News5.
Foster agency, Hope and Home, made sure children in their care would not not miss out on telling Santa their wishes.
"A lot of them have never gotten Christmas presents," said Hope and Home's Executive Director, Ross Wright. "A lot of them have never sat on Santa's lap."
The joy of visiting with Santa is enough for many children at the Christmas party, but occasionally Santa will hear a simple request.
"It is different with kids who are in foster care," Wright said. "They're not going to come in asking for a million toys, because they've never gotten a lot of toys."
With the help of a generous community, these children will be a little easier for Santa to find this year. Hope and Home is able to distribute thousands of toys donated by the community.
"What's great is the families that are here, the kids that are here, they're now together," said Santa. "The kids have a safe place and a loving environment."