COMSTOCK PARK, me. – Millions of children enjoy visiting Santa Claus every year. They sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas.
However, some of them are more of a struggle. They either cannot speak or hear well, if at all. However, that doesn’t stop them from celebrating.
“Hello, how are you? Merry Christmas,” said a volunteer to a passing family.
Thanks to COVID, this is a new way to celebrate Christmas.
Deaf and hard of hearing services in Kentwood have it all put together. The Saturday event at Little Pine Island Camp welcomed families with deaf or hard of hearing children.
“Many families look forward to visiting Santa during the holiday season, taking photos and having these family memories, but those who are deaf and hard of hearing miss these opportunities because Santa cannot normally communicate with them,” he said Erica Chapin with the organization.
Families were invited to the man from the North Pole transit experience.
The coronavirus is really affecting everything this year, including the way we celebrate Christmas.
The annual event now takes place at 11 a.m.th Year. This time the organizers had to switch to less contact, but just as much joy.
“Usually we have it with all the children, we meet, do handicrafts, meet Santa Claus; But this year we did it as a transit because of COVID. “
The parents drove from station to station fetching refreshments and toys. The final stop is where they can greet the big guy who is just like them.
“Our Santa Claus, he’s deaf himself. He knows sign language and we have interpreters here too, so anyone who comes can have a chance to interact with Santa and have a fun holiday memory, ”said Chapin.
Parents have pre-registered 64 children for the event, including newborns to 18-year-olds.
The organization depends on volunteers and donations. You can click here if you want to learn more or help.