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Santa Claus visits visually-impaired students in Tampa, hands out gifts

Santa visits visually impaired students in Tampa
Posted at 6:11 PM, Dec 03, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. -- Christmas may be a couple of weeks way but Santa Claus paid a visit to Tampa and gave visually-impaired children presents on Tuesday.

Nearly 75 disabled students from all over Hillsborough County came to Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research to celebrate the holidays.

Jason Woody, head of Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research, said staff members hand-picked all the gifts for the children with the help of a few suggestions.

"Our employees actually do this out of their own pocket. So, this is above and beyond the support of the institute. It really shows the commitment of our staff to helping those who are blind or visually impaired," Woody said.

The children spent the day enjoying arts and crafts, pizza and, of course, the gifts handed out by Santa.