Giving the Gift of Hearing at the End of a Long Year

The last year—the lockdown—has been one of sacrifice, loss, and determination for us all. It’s called for adaptation and a recommitment to charitable giving as we’ve realized that we’re all in the same boat.

Back in December, we carried out our Gift of Hearing event. It was our third annual giveaway, which features open nominations of people who—because of their public service or unique circumstances—are not only facing hearing issues but are thought deserving of winning a free pair of premium hearing aids.

Like the United Way drop boxes that you’ll find at our office—ready for personal items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, razors that will be directed to food pantries and community shelters—the “Gift of Hearing” event was a way to “pay it forward” in these challenging times.

Given the realities of 2020, we couldn’t choose just one deserving recipient, so we picked two.

One of our winners was Vivian, who—prior to the COVID-19 lockdown—was renown for her volunteering. Known far-and-wide for her Italian cooking (and cookies too), her drive to stay busy was definitely sidetracked by the pandemic. So to was her access to her five great-grandchildren. But with the light at the end of the tunnel in sight, we hope her new hearing aids will help her fully embrace “getting back to normal.”

Our second winner was Earl, a man who has worked hard—like a farmer works hard—all his life. Raised in a farm family of thirteen, he was doing chores by the age of nine and now, well into his senior years, continues to work hard—including as a caregiver. We hope his new hearing aids make the many sporting events of his grandchildren, which he’ll be able to start attending again soon, even more enjoyable.