Crusin for Caden brings Christmas joy to local families in need

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GOODING, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — While it's typically pulled by flying reindeer, Sunday in Gooding Santa's sleigh was towed by a Ram.

Members of the local non-profit, Cruisin for Caden, loaded up the "sleigh" with some of Santa's best helpers, toys and food to be delivered to local families.

"We've got six families we're helping today for Christmas with presents and a meal," said Clint Tremelling, president of the non-profit.

In May the group was officially granted non-profit status, but this is the fourth year they've held this event.

"It's just amazing helping families and kids," Tremelling said.

The groups collects some donations, but most of the money to fund the gifts comes from fundraising efforts. They rely mostly on word of mouth to find families to help.

"As a group we get together and decide which ones are going to be benefited the most with what we do," Tremelling said.

One of the families they chose this year was Laurie Saucedo and her two girls.

"It's very overwhelming," Saucedo said.

The girls' father, Gregorio "G" Montemayor, died two months ago, and Saucedo said the support from the community has helped them get through it.

"They understand how hard it is, to lose someone and then especially at the holidays," she said.

The band of costumed cruisers paraded box after box of toys into the house, as they sang Christmas carols, a scene that Laurie said warmed her heart.

"They're strangers helping us, and just the local support of everyone here in gooding has been very overwhelming," she said.

The group said the reactions of the families is what keeps them coming back each year.

"The joy that you can bring to somebody that's needing a little assistance here and there," Tremelling said. "Just seeing the smiles on the kid's faces."

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