Seventeen Erie-area kids with disabilities received an early Christmas gift Tuesday afternoon.

Variety the Children's Charity presented $24,600 worth of adaptive equipment to the kids at Saint Vincent Hospital's McGarvey Learning Center.

Seven kids were given adaptive bikes. They hopped on and took them for a spin in a bike parade.

Ten others received tablets with a specialized communication app.

The organization hopes to give kids a new sense of independence.

"It means a lot because it gives me hope that she can somewhat be like a normal kid again," said Courtney McQuagge, whose daughter received adaptive bike. "She can have that feeling that I can ride a bike with my friends. It may be a little different, but she still has that freedom of being able to ride a bike."

Variety provides the adaptive equipment at no cost to families as part of three programs.