Colorado Springs group donates handcrafted toys to children going through abuse investigations


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A local group is sending handcrafted toys to children involved in the Chattanooga bus crash, and they’ve partnered with local police to share their gifts with children here as well.

Wheels of a Dream is a group led by local school bus driver Jim King, who carves, cuts, and assembles wooden cars. They even wood-burn added details.

The group is working with Safe Passage, which serves the more than 800 children going through abuse investigations in El Paso and Teller counties.

The wooden cars and toys have helped them during the healing process.

“Having that extra touch, having something handcrafted, someone thought of them, really, we know they’re leaving our center with a little piece of love,” Maureen Mobasenberg from Safe Passage said.

“When we see the reaction,” King said. “I recently had a student on my bus who was in the Make A Wish Foundation program. We were able to give him a helicopter before he passed. It made a difference in his life.”

Wheels of a Dream has already made some toys for the six children who didn’t survive the Tennessee crash, and presented the gifts to their parents. They’ve made 700 wooden cars and toys since April, and their goal is to have 1,400 next year.

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