DEAR HIKE FUND: THANK YOU!
Excerpts from a collection of thank you notes to the members of the International
Order of Job's Daughters from families and teachers of hearing-impaired children
who have benefited from assistance through The HIKE Fund.
Parents and grandparents have written the following:
- ...This was not only a financial relief for us, but it was
very comforting to see so many people who really cared. Our daughter recently
had the experience of being without her hearing aids for a time while they
were being repaired. She had a very difficult time without them. It reminded
us how much she does need them. It also reminded us of how fortunate we are
to have an organization such as yours to help children...
- ...Please accept our gratitude for the financial assistance
on behalf of our son. We have received the FM Unit from Audio Enhancement
and have begun using it with him. Please express our thanks to the other members
of The HIKE Fund...
- ...My daughter and I were so elated to read about the good
news! This is the best present! - and it could not have come at a better time.
I am so grateful to you and The HIKE Fund for making it possible for my daughter
to obtain the hearing aids she so desperately needs...my daughter will again
hear the wonderful and beautiful sounds, that I and so many others take for
- ...I am still in shock at your surprise visit last week! I
want to thank you and all the girls that have worked so hard to make The HIKE
Fund a reality! This is an area where there is great need - and great reward
- in helping a child to hear. Many thanks and continued success...
- ...We want you to know how truly thankful we are to have been
lucky enough to receive this grant...I want you all to know that this TDD
has made a young girl's life a lot more independent and much happier. The
first call she made was to her best friend to invite her camping for the weekend.
It was her first time to ever really use a telephone. Thank you all for being
such a blessing...
An audiologist's appreciation:
- ...Thank you and your organization for providing hearing aids
for these two girls. They were both fitted biaurally with behind-the-ear aids...both
the girls had their previous aids for more than ten years and now notice a
tremendous improvement in their ability to understand speech, especially at
school where they both excel. Thank you again for the tremendous help you
have given to both [of them] and to all the children I have been able to work
with due to your support...
Teachers tell us:
- ...I want you to know what a difference you have made in her
life. She is extremely excited and proud to receive the check that will pay
for her hearing aids. If it weren't for your hard work and generosity, this
young girl would never have the opportunity to try to hear to the best of
her ability. Thank you so much for this special gift to my student...
- ...I am a teacher for hearing impaired students. One of my
students has recently received two hearing aids as a result of Job's Daughters'
generosity. I wish you could have seen the look of happiness on this child's
face when he came to tell me he had his new hearing aids. This student not
only hears much better, and is more successful in school, but feels great
about himself, too. You are definitely making a positive difference in children's
Thank you, Daughters and adult workers, for your support of The HIKE Fund.
Through your efforts, The HIKE Fund can continue its work "...that every
child with joy may hear..." (Wm. Blake).
The information at this Web site is available for Job's Daughters and
other Masonic family members. However, when acknowledging this information,
please credit the author. These 'thank yous' were included in a special brochure
prepared for the 1993-94 HIKE campaign.
Comments welcome - send them to: email@example.com Written 10/17/96.