Thursday , June 20 2024

Silent Sleigh Celebrates 28 Years

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<font size="2"><p>A&nbsp;Christmas parade geared towards children that are hard of hearing or deaf took place this morning at the Air National Guard.</p></font><font size="2"><p>The sounds of Christmas music or the words to a Christmas story are part of getting into the holiday spirit for many of us, but for those who can’t hear</p></font><font size="2"><p>rely on signs not sound to bring the magic of Christmas alive.<br /></p><p><br/></p><br />&quot;Deaf and hard of hearing children from all over the Valley come here to Silent Sleigh to be able to interact with each other, have fun and meet with a signing Santa and also with a signing Mrs. Claus&quot;, said Michelle Bronson.<br /><br /><p>You could see the excitement in the children’s faces, especially as Santa and Mrs. Clause made their grand entrance.&nbsp; Some came prepared with a written list,</p></font><p><font size="2">while others had a mental list.</font></p><font size="2"><p>Christina Baroni has two children that are hard of hearing, she says her kids look forward to this event every year.</p><br />&quot;Without this, a lot of kids&nbsp;I know wouldn’t be able to go ask Santa what they want, so it’s great&quot;, said Baroni.<br /><br /><p>After pleading their case with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the children had the opportunity to interact with each other and play some games. </p></font><font size="2"><p>At the end of the parade the children got a closer look of the floats that the airmen designed, and got to vote on their favorite one.</p></font></div>

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