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Special needs kids from Zachary Taylor Elementary get surprise meal with Santa at O'Charley's

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Santa made a field trip memorable for a group of special needs kids.

After a field trip Tuesday, 14 kids from Zachary Taylor Elementary School had lunch at O'Charley's in Springhurst. The restaurant knew they were coming and got Santa to show up just for them.

Teacher Bekah Ellis says it was huge for the kids to be treated like any other child. She says the manager paid for all the kids' and staff members' lunches.

"Some of the students had never even met Santa before, so for them to see Santa and for Santa to know their name and give a toy that was personalized for each child was just really powerful to watch," Ellis said.

Ellis says O'Charley's was also efficient. The kids were served their food in just ten minutes, a wait time that's bearable for kids with special needs.

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