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Deaf Santa Visits Deaf Children in NYC

Posted on December 18, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Thanks, Santa and NY Foundling!

Making a list and checking it twice was not nearly enough for Deaf Santa.  Instead he slid down a local midtown chimney, using sign language with deaf children to find out for sure who was naughty or nice.

The children, hearing impaired and served by New York Foundling, an affiliate of Catholic Charities NY, giggled as they shared their Christmas wishes.

The New York Foundling runs the only foster care prevention program for children who are deaf or hearing impaired. And on this special day, Saturday, Dec. 8, these special children along with families and staff from The Foundling's Deaf Services program and volunteers from the School of Visual Arts celebrated a holiday party.

Together they designed crafts, gorged themselves on holiday foods, painted faces and played games.

Best of all, children shared their Christmas wishes in American Sign Language with a Santa who is also deaf. 

Do you know a deaf child at risk of being placed in foster care because the child may not be safe at home?

The best Christmas gift you can give is a free referral for free services at NY Foundling.

Staff are fluent in American Sign Language.  They provide home-based services including:

  • Counseling (individual and family)
  • Parenting & home management skills
  • Crisis intervention
  • Career & budget planning
  • Family team conferencing
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Accessibility/Interpreter advocacy
  • Free devises for the Deaf (i.e. baby cray alarms, doorbell alert systems, etc.)

Contact NY Foundling to make a deaf child’s Christmas dreams come true.

Call: 212-206-4111(Voice) or 646-350- 2733 (Videophone)
Email New York Foundling

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