By: Jillian Wilson
Some kids on both sides of the river got in the holiday spirit with a hands–on Christmas celebration.
More than three hundred kids with disabilities played games at the Illinois Iowa center for independent living in rock island.
Volunteers from Augustana and Blackhawk lent a hand with face painting, writing letters to Santa, and giving out prizes.
Organizers say it's an integrated event because kids with special needs get to bring their family members and friends.
"It's kind of their day. They can do what they want, they can invite who they want, they get to select the toys or games they want, we don't wrap them, we just leave them out. First come, first serve," says Liz Sherwin, Executive Director, and Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living
This is the fifteenth year the center has hosted the event.