Minute for Mission: Signing Santa

Santa Claus

Our children look forward to this event every year, and appreciate what the Quota Club does for families like ours. – Kristin Noonan

This December marks the third year that Quota International of Ottawa has held a Signing Santa Christmas party for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. More than 75 children came to see Santa, share their Christmas wishes with the Jolly Ol’ Elf, enjoy holiday treats, receive a teddy bear and play various games.

“The Noonan family has attended the Quota Club of Ottawa’s Signing Santa party for three years now. What makes the event extra special — besides the hot chocolate, cookies, games and laser tag — is that Santa can communicate with both of the Noonan children.

Makiya, 10, was born deaf, and was implanted with bilateral cochlear implants at 13 months. She speaks and uses American sign language, while her eight-year-old brother Damon, who can hear, is still learning ASL.

Luckily for both kids, Santa speaks, uses sign language and has a cochlear implant, making every child feel comfortable while sharing their wish list. Makiya and Damon, along with their parents Craig and Kristin, anticipate the annual event.

‘Our children look forward to this event every year, and appreciate what the Quota Club does for families like ours,’ said Kristin Noonan.”

To read the complete article and see a photo of the event, visit ottawacitizen.com.  This article was submitted by Liz Revell, former Quota International Canada Area Director and Treasurer of the Quota Club of Ottawa.

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Signing Santa events are hosted by Quotarians in nearly 100 communities in four countries.  To find out if there’s a Signing Santa event near you, contact staff@quota.org.

 

Minute for Mission: Hear for Good

FIRST HEARING AID RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED

 

Monrovia Hearing Aid Fitting
Sharan Studavant is fitted for hearing aids donated by Quota International Grand Rapids

 

(Grand Rapids, MI, January 5, 2016) Quota International of Grands Rapids announces its first recipient of hearing aids from the Hear For Good program.

Sharan Sturdavant of Cedar Springs was fitted on December 29 at Kaczmarski Hearing Center with new hearing aids, at no cost to her. Ms. Sturdavant has suffered most of her life with hearing loss and there was never enough money for her to purchase new hearing aids. “I am so excited to tell my family and friends of this wonderful gift for Christmas!”

Ms. Sturdavant worked with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) to become eligible for the Hear for Good program developed by Martha Herman, President of Quota International of Grand Rapids. Quota collects used hearing aids and recycles them through Starkey, Inc. Starkey refurbishes the hearing aids and makes them available at lower cost for eligible individuals.

Hear For Good, a Quota program initiated in 2014, continues to receive donations of hearing aids for those who have limited resources to purchase them. The cost of new hearing aids can range from $1,000 to over $5,000. Quota’s donation sites for used hearing aids are set up throughout the Grand Rapids area. Reconditioned hearing devices are made available at no cost to the recipient through a partnership with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Kaczmarski Hearing Centers and Quota International of Grand Rapids.

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For Information Contact:
Martha Herman
Quotagr@gmail.com