Secret Santa makes holidays brighter for special kids

By Published On: November 27, 2020

November 27, 2020: Colorado Springs, CO – This holiday season will be extra special at Special Kids Special Families (SKSF) thanks to a very generous donation.  With uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic putting gift giving plans in jeopardy, a woman in Colorado Springs who wishes to remain anonymous stepped up with an amazing donation.  She graciously gave nearly 1,000 toys, games and stuffed animals to be given to the children who use SKSF’s Zach’s Place child and respite care center in addition, children who are currently placed with SKSF foster families. There are even enough gifts for their siblings!

“These are toys that can make dreams come true,” said SKSF Executive Director, Linda Ellegard. “People like this are the ‘wonders in our world’ and their capacity for giving is amazing!  It sure gives us that shining light in our day.”

Lauren Bryant, Regional Director of Hope Montessori Academy, also collected gifts donated from their staff and families that attend the school during their annual Tree of Hope event.  They provided gifts for the preschool children that attend SKSF programs.

“It is through generous donations like these that we are able to provide a brighter Christmas for children whose families may otherwise struggle to put gifts under the tree. We are truly thankful for their help,” said Jon Karroll, SKSF Development and Communications Manager.

Special Kids Special Families is a nonprofit umbrella organization with several unique programs designed to support people with disabilities of all ages from early childhood through adult as well as their families and caregivers including:

  • Child & Family Services which encompasses Zach’s Place Child/Respite Care Center;
  • Adult Services offering day programs and Host Home opportunities for adults;
  • Child Placement Agency for foster and adoption placement for children with disabilities and special needs;
  • Behavioral Health Services offering mental health counseling and specialized therapy for individuals ages 4 through adult.

For more information about Special Kids Special Families programs call (719) 447-8983 or visit

Secret Santa’s “helpers” unloaded all the boxes of toys