Santa's letters delivered in braille to local students

Braille Works translates hundreds of letters
Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 09:36:17-05

"I try to hear the bells. I cover up with my blanket and I pretend like I'm sleeping,” said Andy Moorehead.

Waiting for Saint Nick, when you are nine, is like a wrapped gift some of us adults long for this Tannenbaum filled time of year.

"It's a long way from the North Pole to your house,” read Moorehead.

Today the wonder of waiting is spelled out in letters delivered by a family-owned Seffner business to two Tampa Palms Elementary school students.

"It's foggy up here,” said Sofia Ripstein reading from her letter.

These kids are tickled by Santa's resourcefulness.

"I think maybe he knows that because like, he's really magical. He knows different languages,” said Ripstein.

Santa's letters to Sofia and Andy, both visually impaired, are proof the Jolly Ole Man knows kids no matter how they experience the world.

"The Elves and I have been very busy making toys,” read Moorehead.

"I did not know that Santa could write in braille,” he exclaimed.

"I never knew he had a blind elf named Tabby,” said Ripstein giggling.

'Braille Works' creates restaurant menus, banking statements and bills for people who are blind or visually impaired. Owner Lou Fioritto and his employees are feeling how their work truly translates.

"Watching you read makes it worth every day I put in,” said Braille Works Owner Lou Fioritto.

The business born in a basement decades ago out of necessity reminds us how magical this season can be when seen through the fingertips of children.

"Very weird! I did not know he knew my sister's name,” said Moorehead.

“I feel so like, honored and amazed that they just took the time out to write these letters to us. I feel, I feel just really good,” explained Ripstein.

You can still order Santa's letters in braille if you contact Braille Works before Monday. 

Read Andy Moorehead's letter below:

Read Sofia Ripstein's letter below: