Brunch with Deaf Santa returns Saturday

November 30, 2018

HUNTINGTON - One of the most touching scenes of “Miracle on 34th Street” is when a young girl is placed on Santa’s lap, looking up expectantly at the magical man.

“She’s deaf,” her mother says. “You don’t have to talk to her. She just wants to see you.”

But to everyone’s delight, Santa begins signing with the girl and like any other child in line, she tells him what she wants for Christmas.

Every year, Mountwest Community and Technical College brings that magic to Huntington.

Brunch with Deaf Santa, an MCTC tradition, returns at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Room G07, located in the basement of the college.

The event is an opportunity for those in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to experience the joy of Santa and Mrs. Claus this holiday season.

“For those of us who are hearing, it’s easy to take for granted day-to-day activities and not think about how deaf individuals are affected,” said Leigh-Ann Brewer of the American Sign Language Program at Mountwest. “This event allows deaf children from across the Tri-State to share their special wishes with Santa and experience the magic of the holidays.”

“We believe the joy of Santa and the holidays should be shared with everyone,” said Dean Crawford, director of student recruitment. “We are so pleased we can help make this bridge between Santa and our deaf and hard-of-hearing community.”

The parts of Santa and Mrs. Claus will be played by Ernest and Vickie Williams, of Hurricane, West Virginia.

Brunch begins at 10 a.m. and goes until noon.

MCTC is located at One Mountwest Way in Huntington, off 5th Street Hill heading toward Wayne County.

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