Kids with disabilities enjoyed Christmas carnival, visit from Santa

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Some Quad City kids celebrated Christmas early Saturday afternoon, Dec. 10. The Illinois and Iowa Center for Independent Living hosted its annual Holiday Carnival for kids with disabilities. The Kids and their families played games, put together crafts, ate holiday-themed food and even got a visit from Santa.

Kids were waiting outside with their parents even before the carnival started, and thanks to local sponsors and volunteers, they were ready for big crowds.

"Yes, it's a lot, and I'm happy to see so many people were happy about the support from colleges. There's no way I have a staff of eight. There's no way we could manage on our own," said Liz Sherwin, center director.

Around 200 kids were expected at the carnival, which has been going on for 17 years.