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Norfolk church, organization host drive-thru holiday event for kids who are deaf, hard of hearing

Posted at 6:43 AM, Dec 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 06:43:43-05

NORFOLK, Va. - A local church hosted a holiday event for families with kids who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Norfolk teamed up with Families to Families to host a drive-by event with Santa and Mrs. Claus using sign language with visitors. Both Clauses who participated in the event are also deaf.

Visitors also got to hear carols and Christmas stories from volunteers.

Organizers talked about why this event was so meaningful.

"I think we all need joyful moments like this, with some generosity and the spirit of Christmas,” said Lizzy Allen, the co-host of Families to Families.

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According to the organization's website, Allen founded Families to Families in 2013 as a Capstone Project for a professional studies program through Gallaudet University. Organizers host gatherings for Hampton Roads-area families with young children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Each child went home with a special gift from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, plus a holiday cookie.