FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Monday, November 19, 2007
Category: 
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 Claus to Support Braille Literacy

Blind Children to Receive Letters from Santa in Braille

North Pole (November 19, 2007): Once again, Santa Claus has enlisted the help of the National Federation of the Blind to respond to letters from young Braille readers.  Blind children who wish to send Braille letters to Santa can submit their letters to the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, which will then Braille Santa’s response.

Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are pleased and proud to partner with Santa Claus to assist him in making Christmas even more fun for blind children.  This enormously successful program not only assists St. Nicholas in his work, but also helps to promote Braille literacy among blind children.  Braille literacy is the key to success and opportunity for the blind.  Writing a Braille letter to Santa Claus and receiving his response in Braille is an exciting and fun way for blind children to practice their Braille skills.”

The National Federation of the Blind will send Braille replies from Santa to letters received from blind children and their parents.  Letters to Santa may be in Braille or print.  Each reply will be in Braille and print so that parents and children can read together.  The replies will be in contracted Braille unless otherwise specifically requested.

Braille or print letters to Santa may be sent to Santa Claus, c/o National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.  Letters may also be requested at www.nfb.org.  Letters must include the writer’s name, the child’s name, birthday, and gender, mailing address, and a telephone number in case Santa’s helpers at the National Federation of the Blind have questions.  

Letters must be received by December 18 to ensure a return letter is received before Christmas.  For more information about this and other programs of the National Federation of the Blind, visit our Web site at www.nfb.org.