Mali is a delightful little girl living in Middlesbrough, England. She has trouble with speech and communication so she attends a special school to help with that and that is where she learned to sign. On a visit to the Cleveland Centre, she was a little hesitant to be with Santa. Santa asked of she knew sign language and when Mali’s mother said yes, he went to work! After asking if she wanted a doll for Christmas, you can see her face light up and she opens up to him and lets him know what she really wants! It’s really magical!
As for the Santa, he doesn’t really want any publicity. He didn’t give out his real name. He works as a special needs assistant when he’s not Santa which is where he learned sign language.
To be able to bring that much joy to a little girl is really a special gift!
has been an actor/director/swell guy in the Twin Cities area for over 30 years and is very active in the MN theater community. Working in the theater has made him an advocate of human rights of all stripes. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, son, and three cats.