NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Local deaf and hard-of-hearing children got a chance to communicate their wishlists to Santa at the annual Signing Santa Ice Palace at the MacArthur Center in Norfolk.
Each child in attendance also got to enjoy snacks, face painting and crafts.
However, Santa wasn’t the only celebrity at the Ice Palace, the children also got to meet Lauren Archer, a dancer from the Richmond Ballet .
“It’s important to support that community, a lot of people don’t know what kind of impact this can have on them,” Archer explained.
Archer is an ASL-certified sign language interpreter who learned to sign because her brother is deaf.
Sam Frazier says his child was sick last year for the event, so he’s thrilled he got to bring her.
“It’s just pretty cool that she can be in the setting that is actually trying to include her and not feel left out,” Frazier stated.
Kelly Beach is a deaf teacher at Corporate Landing Elementary and says the kids feel empowered when they are brought together for events like this.
“When I grew up I didn’t see a signing Santa or any other peers that signed, that would’ve been nice to have but it’s good for the kids now to have it,” she said.
Other deaf and hard-of-hearing children in the community are also invited to visit Signing Santa until 9 Tuesday night.
Special interpreters will be on site to help.