Small town organizes parade to bring holiday joy to disabled toddler

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Local residents organized "The Greatest Goshen Parade Ever" to raise money for a little boy in need. (Photo: Courtesy Anita Bora)

Local residents organized “The Greatest Goshen Parade Ever” to raise money for a little boy in need. (Photo: Courtesy Anita Bora)

GOSHEN, Va. (WFXR) — This small town in Rockbridge County may have less than 400 residents, but they certainly know how to rally together for a worthy cause like Cole Kidd.

Cole is a two-year-old boy with a genetic mutation that resulted in a rare disease known as Late Infantile Leukodystrophy. Because of this disease, Cole has lost most of his ability to move.

With a father working every day and a mother devoting all her time to taking care of Cole and his older brothers, this disease has taken a toll on the Kidd family.

Local residents Mark and Sherry Cline organized the the “Miracle on 39th Street” Goshen Christmas Parade to raise both funds and holiday spirits for the Kidd family.

As outlined on the Facebook post about the parade, “for every float entered, businesses, creative or non-creative individuals, churches, bands, dancers, horses, wagons, etc., money will be donated to a trust fund to help directly pay for this family’s medical expenses, rent, and utilities.”

In addition to providing donations for Cole and his family, the parade allowed spectators to vote on their favorite entries, enjoy some hot chocolate and snacks, spend time with Santa Claus, and appreciate the beautiful floats.

According to Goshen’s Facebook, even Cole and his mother got to enjoy the parade from their very own stagecoach at the front of the line.

For those who are interested in helping Cole’s family, you can donate to his trust online at this website.

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