Signing Santa makes Christmas special for deaf children

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Imagine being a child and being physically unable to tell Santa Clause what you want for Christmas this year. It's the sad reality for many hearing impaired children, but as News Leader Nine found out, a special Santa knew exactly what to say to make the holidays better.

"Santa Clause is coming for Christmas!" two young girls told News Leader Nine.

This Santa has a hidden talent you may not expect. Sertoma Club Vice-President Scott Solomon explained, "The kids that normally can't communicate to Santa Clause have the opportunity to sign to him. So if they have difficulty otherwise, this is a great event for them because it's the only way they'll know Santa hears what they ask for."

Deaf and hearing impaired students have a holiday party where they meet the man in red, take home a few gifts, and most importantly, tell him what they want for Christmas.

Solomon said, "It's our biggest event of the year for the Sertoma Club and all our efforts are coordinated to making this a great event and we look forward to seeing the kids every year."

Sharing a special conversation with Santa ensured everyone had a Merry Christmas.

The Sertoma Club has been hosting this event for the past 15 years, making Christmas very special for kids all over the valley.

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