Santa uses sign language to hear Christmas wishes

It's that time of year for kids to hop in Santa's lap and tell him exactly what they want for Christmas. But what if Santa cannot understand what your Christmas wish is? One group in Columbus is helping close that communication gap.

If you're a hearing impaired child, telling Santa what you want for Christmas could come as a challenge. That's why the Sertoma and Optimist Clubs of Columbus bring a "Signing Santa" to meet with the kids and hear their gift wishes.

"This is a great function, we enjoy seeing everybody and seeing the kids and giving them the opportunity to talk and communicate with Santa when they otherwise might not be able to. It's a terrific event and we wanted to be sure it continued," said Scott Solomon, the Vice-President of the Sertoma Club of Columbus.

Santa Claus stopped by a luncheon for hearing impaired students in the school system to sign with them what they wanted for Christmas.

Santa told News Leader Nine, "I enjoy being with children that are hearing impaired because they aren't able to hear so by signing I'll be able to bring joy to their lives. They're able to connect, able to be a part of it, and not feel like an outsider."

"Some kids can't talk," signed hearing impaired student Gracin.

They also had the chance to communicate with other hearing impaired kids.

Solomon added, "Just being able to know someone has heard what you really want for Christmas and feeling like you have that connection that normal kids take for granted."

The kids said they had a wonderful day and even got to leave with a gift brought from the North Pole. Iyana, Nyocia and Tykevia signed, "I see Santa Claus and he gave me a present. We had fun!"

And everyone agreed this event helped them all have a Merry Christmas!

This is the 15th year the Sertoma Club has hosted the "Signing Santa" event.

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