For most of us, being able to hear is something we take for granted. We don’t understand the struggles the hearing impaired have to deal with on a daily basis. We don’t know what it’s like to not hear your mother’s voice or the sound of your child’s laughter. These are things we don’t think about but these are things the Osmond family has thought about and had to deal with. Justin Osmond, the only 2nd generation Osmond who inherited the deaf gene, started the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund in honor of his late grandmother Olive. Olive Osmond’s two oldest children, Virl and Tom, were deaf. They were born during a time when there was little help for the parents of deaf children, and hearing aids and batteries were very expensive. In order to raise money to purchase hearing aids for Virl and Tom, Olive’s four oldest sons, that had no hearing loss, formed a barbershop quartet and traveled to county fairs and other events before becoming famous.
"My dream was to one day have a foundation that would donate all its time and resources to help the deaf." ~ Olive Osmond
The Olive Osmond Hearing Fund’s mission is to promote hearing-health awareness by providing educational resources and accommodating the needs of the deaf and hard-of-hearing. They focus on bringing the gift of better hearing to children living with hearing impairments both domestically and around the world. They are committed to raising funds that will help the local communities where the funds were raised as well as supporting programs that benefit children worldwide.
The Olive Osmond Hearing Fund uses Email Contact to send out quarterly newsletters to inform their supporters of all their past, present and future activities as well as to show their supporters where their financial contributions are going and who is benefiting.
If you would like to learn more about this inspiring organization or make a donation to help a hearing impaired child, check out their website or ‘like’ them on Facebook.