6-year-old Sadie Adam is deaf, and, according to local news station WCVB Channel 5 Boston, has been for most of her life. As a result, the little girl has never been able to sit on Santa's lap as other children do during the holiday season and tell him her Christmas wish. This December, a jolly, kindhearted man in a red suit set out to change that.
With the help of Sadie's mom Ronelle, Salvatore Albert, the local police chief who plays Santa for the kids, learned how to communicate with Sadie in sign language.
"I knew she'd be surprised, so I was just so happy," Ronelle explained. "I instantly started tearing up."
Sadie was overjoyed when she saw that Santa knew sign language. Albert told ABC News Radio they chatted for an hour.
But what it the little girl most excited about? Not the prospect of toys, or the kitchen or new baby she'd asked for, but the fact that Santa Claus knew her name.
"I felt like I was going to tear up also," Albert told WCVB. "I was very happy that I made her day and made her happy."