Release Date: 
Monday, November 18, 2013
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Partners with Santa to Promote Braille Literacy

Baltimore, Maryland (November 18, 2013):  Once again, Santa has enlisted the help of the elves at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute to get Braille letters out to hundreds of blind boys and girls this Christmas season.  

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Santa approached the National Federation of the Blind several years ago and asked us to be his helpers.  I’m quite fond of the fellow and was delighted that we could assist him in his work.  Braille literacy is the key to success and opportunity for the blind, but unfortunately too few blind children are learning it today.  This program will not only spread holiday cheer but will also serve an important educational purpose, as blind children will be able to practice reading Braille as they enjoy their letter from merry Saint Nicholas.”

Between November 18 and December 19, parents can go online at and fill out a Santa Braille Letter request form.  The form can also be printed and faxed to (410) 685-2340.  Beginning December 2, the Braille letters from Santa will start going out to blind boys and girls around the country.  The Braille letter will also be accompanied by a print copy (for mom and dad to read).  Requests for letters must include the writer’s name, the child’s name, birthday, gender, mailing address, a telephone number, and e-mail address in case Santa’s helpers at the National Federation of the Blind have questions.

The deadline for letter requests is December 19, to ensure that a return letter in Braille is received before Christmas.