Meet the Winners of the 28 Days of Love Campaign

08/19/2022 | News, Patient Resources | 0 comments

Back in February 2022, we launched a campaign to coincide with the month of love. With a desire to give back to our patients after a tough couple of years, we developed this unique opportunity.

Patients and community members were encouraged to nominate deserving people in their lives who would benefit from some hearing healthcare.

Three winners were chosen and awarded a complimentary hearing assessment and a free pair of hearing aids.

There were dozens of worthy people nominated, and our staff was moved by the kind words written by family and friends. After the contest closed, three winners were chosen and received their hearing assessments and hearing aids.

After much anticipated speculation, the winners of our 28 Days of Love campaign are… Joel Bonds Jr., Kristina Herring, and Betty Taylor.

Congratulations, you three!

Joel Bonds Jr.

Joel was nominated by his wife Melissa. She wrote about her hardworking husband who has endured a lot throughout his life.

He is a business owner who works with heavy equipment and loud shop tools, which has compromised his ability to hear.

Not being one to complain, Joel continued to work and deal with the hearing loss until he could afford hearing aids.

But then Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, the economic recession loomed in 2008, and, most recently, the Covid pandemic ran across the world in 2020. Each of these events hurt Joel’s business and he did not have enough money left over to purchase hearing aids for himself.

Through the 28 Days of Love campaign, this hardworking community member was able to finally get the hearing healthcare he desperately needed.

Kristina Herring

The second winner of the 28 Days of Love campaign was nominated by two close friends who couldn’t speak highly enough about Kristina.

Kristina Herring has endured hearing challenges since her childhood, and her hearing has continued to deteriorate as she has gotten older.

Naturally, as any mom knows, she has put her young family ahead of her needs and thus has not gotten the hearing healthcare she deserves.

Not only is Kristina a mom of two young children, but she is also a fulltime office manager for a veterans office.

She works fulltime in order to put food on the table and keep a roof over her children’s heads. Kristina knew that she needed hearing aids, but she just hasn’t had the money to put her needs first.

Now, through the 28 Days of Love campaign, Kristina received a pair of hearing aids and has a clinic that is looking out for her hearing health.

Betty Taylor

The third winner is Betty Taylor. Betty was nominated by her loving daughter who wrote about the amazing woman she is lucky to call her mother.

Betty has struggled with a hearing loss for a couple of years. She lost her husband in 2018, but instead of letting the loss of her spouse keep her down, Betty began taking care of others.

Betty has the gift of encouragement and compassion. She spends hours writing cards to people who are sick and need cheering up. She makes an impact on others because of the way she loves and cares for them.

Not only does Betty have a love for those who are hurting, but she has a special place in her heart for children as well. Her daughter could not write enough about how caring and loving her mom is.

When Betty was fitted for her hearing aids, her audiologist described her as “beaming.” Betty was so grateful for the gift of hearing and is now a part of the Hearing Center family.


Thanks to You

We feel so privileged to be in this position of giving and would like to take the time to say thanks to all of you.

Without your cooperation, none of this would have been possible.   

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Jennifer LaBorde Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Jennifer LaBorde is an audiologist who has been in practice since 1999. She has a Masters in Communication Disorders from University of South Alabama, Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Mississippi, a Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology.
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