The Season of Giving is upon us
Everyday we bring hundreds of patients the gift of better hearing; but what else can we do?
The Holidays are fast approaching and as the spirit of giving is reawakening in many of us it’s easy to see that in every community, in every city in America there are needs all around us.
We wanted to encourage you and your teams to do something special for your community.
Whatever it is that you would like to do, please share it with us here at AAH before you begin your efforts. The idea isn’t that we simply donate money. We’re wanting AAH to take a philanthropic approach to participating in our communities.
We sincerely look forward to your great ideas.
Here’s what we’re doing
Jacque Ross – Mesa, AZ
Each year Jacque and her husband raise donations for care packages to support our troops as well as toys for local children and food for a local shelter. Jacque would encourage the support of her local Arizona locations if anyone would like to contribute.
Melissa Withers – Jacksonville, FL
Melissa is exploring the possiblity of obtaining a bulk quantiy of ‘FREE TURKEY” coupons which they’ll use to donate to either a local shelter or perhaps in food baskets. This plan is in it’s early stages but she’s off to a good start. Anyone in the area is welcome to call Melissa if they’d like to participate in her efforts.
AAH National Office – Clackamas, OR
Our staff at the National office and our Clinic are joining efforts to sponsor a Family for the holidays this year. Shelley Smith is leading this effort and we’re so excited to get started. We’ll provide gifts for the family as well as a food basket.
Kristie Hernandez – North Platte, NE
Last year the North Platte, NE office collected canned goods for their local food pantry. Patients were encouraged to bring in canned goods and they could receive a free pack of batteries. This year Kristie is inviting all of Nebraska to join North Platte in this effort. Outstanding!
Darlene Angeline – Auburn, WA
Darlene crochets hats to give to patients who are undergoing cancer treatments. She has recently been inspired to crochet even more to give to the local womens shelter, mission and children’s hospital for other people battling cancer. We’re encouraging anyone in Darlene’s area (or even further if you’d like) to participate in this effort with her. Perhaps you have crocheting skills, or maybe you have yarn you’d like to donate!
Leah Karraker – Salem, OR
Our Salem, OR office is teaming up with the Oregon School for the Deaf to do a School Supply Drive and/or Toy Drive for their students in need. We’re encouraging anyone in Oregon to reach out to Leah if you’d like to participate. Or if you’d like to getmore information on how you can start your own local supply drive!
Hear For You – Saratoga, NY
Yvonne Beliveau reports that she, Andrew and Lee at the Hear For You office in Saratoga Springs, NY are doing a “Toys for Tots” toy drive. We encourage the rest of the Hear For You clinics to reach out to them if you’d like to participate!
Hearing Unlimited – Iowa
Last year the Iowa Group, in 23 offices, collected canned goods for their local food pantries. They were so successful that they are doing this again this year! If a patient donates a canned good they get a free package of batteries. We are also encouraging every employee to do something special, by themselves, to “paying it forward” this holiday season & share it with the the group.
Hearing Aid Institute – Montana
The “Toys for Tots’ drive they did last year was so successful they are doing it again this year. Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helene and Missoula locations will be a drop off point for Toys for Tots from November 18 – December 13th. The Bozeman office does not have a Toys for Tots program so they will be working with the FoodBank as a drop off point. Anyone who brings a donation will receive a free pack of batteries and a hearing test!