Clearwater, Florida -- She's the internet's biggest little star this holiday season after a video of her singing and signing her holiday pageant's songs to her deaf parents went viral.
Now Melanie Michael with our Gannett-sister station in Tampa, WTSP, introduces us to the little girl who has won people's hearts with her adorable, performance.
She looks like a tiny cherub, with bright blue eyes and cotton white hair. She's vibrant and extroverted, happy and loving.
When we first met Claire Koch, our hearts melted right away. It was clear to us within seconds, this little girl is special.
She's just about the cutest child we've ever seen. But, it's not what she says that has us so enchanted. It's what she does.
Claire communicates through sign language with her two deaf parents. With a smile, she admits, "It's kind of easy for me."
Indeed, it is second nature for the five-year-old. She signs with ease and communicates with her mother, Lori, and her father, Tom, joyfully and effortlessly.
Tom told 10 News, "Well, she was born into sign language. The minute she's born, she has two deaf parents, my wife and myself, we started signing right away."
And, now, Claire's special skills are world famous.
She became an overnight internet sensation, and it all started with a Christmas pageant at her school. It became an impromptu sign language performance. She wanted to surprise her parents.
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Our interpreter, Kat, tells us, "She's such a happy little girl. We are so proud of her."
Lori was surprised and shocked all at the same time.
"I was expecting it to be popular on Facebook with my friends, I did not realize it would go viral like that. I did not know the internet would make it a sensation. I did not expect that, it was a surprise."
Meanwhile, Claire tells us her intentions were simple. She wanted to make sure her parents knew what she was saying. She was singing and signing for them.
Claire's video has gone viral on YouTube receiving nearly two million hits. You can watch it below:
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