WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) — A Waterloo man received a much-needed gift this holiday season from a total stranger.
“My grandmother passed away on November 11th, last month. She left her home and things like that behind. One of the things was a set of Miracle Ear hearing aids,” said Ryan Revenig who listed his grandmother Irene’s hearing aids on Facebook which led him to meet Ray Avis from Waterloo. Avis was told years ago that his hearing was deteoriating.
“Now my ears have gotten worse. It’s kind of to the point that if I don’t have them I’m not going to be able to work, I’m not going to be able to socialize like i’m used to,” said Avis.
He says he had put off getting hearing aids because of their hefty price tags, ranging between $1,000 and $4,000 on average, as well as a lack of health insurance. Recently, he posted to Facebook asking for donations, which Revenig saw through a mutual friend.
“The day after I had seen that on Facebook, my dad actually stopped into work, and we were just talking a little bit, and he said ‘maybe we should donate them.’ I said, ‘i thought maybe we should do that too,'” said Revenig.
One thing led to another and the two met in Dubuque, taking a photo after Revenig gave Avis the hearing aids free of charge, but then something else happened.
“So, I pulled a card out of my pocket,” said Revenig. ” I said here’s donations to make sure you get everything taken care of.”
In the week since they first connected, Revenig managed to collect enough money from friends and family to pay to resize the hearing aids for Avis.
Revenig said he realized after the fact how proud his grandmother would be.
“I think its just another part of grandma that lives on. I think thats a big thing, not that she alwasy listened to us anyway,” said Revenig with a laugh.
Avis will have the hearing aids back on January 4th.