Nearly 30 children with autism will have a brighter Christmas, thanks to donations from other central Virginia children.
Students from the Covenant School in Charlottesville organized a gift collection for low-income autistic children. The students shopped for the presents, wrapped them, then handed them off to members of the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) Thursday morning.
VIA says the expense of caring for a child with autism leaves many families struggling to buy gifts during the holidays.
"I'm actually really excited for them because I know most of them aren't fortunate enough to get gifts so I'm just glad that we can supply them with that," said Asia Bartlow, a junior at the Covenant School.
Members of VIA will distribute the presents to the families in the coming days.
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