VITAC and HDS Share Holiday Cheer at 23rd Annual Gift Exchange Program

by: David Titmus

VITAC and Pittsburgh’s Center for Hearing and Deaf Services (HDS) were thrilled to continue celebrating a holiday tradition that shares laughter, friendship, and festive cheer (and some really great gifts, too!).

For the past 23 years, VITAC and its employees have embraced the season’s joy, warmth, and charity as a proud participant in the Angel Gift exchange program and holiday party at HDS.

HDS is southwestern Pennsylvania’s only comprehensive service center, providing a wide variety of quality diagnostic, rehabilitative, and supportive services to meet the unique challenges of children and adults who are deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing. The center also strives to increase independence and enhance the quality of life for those individuals.

VITAC and HDS group photo

HDS is VITAC’s chosen holiday charity, and we are proud to keep the tradition going this season as many of the center’s clients eagerly look forward to the holiday party and gift exchange.

Brittany Winland, VITAC’s Marketing Communications Director and event coordinator, last month shared a list of HDS client names and gift suggestions. As usual, all of the names on the Angel List were claimed within days as VITAC employees added HDS gift ideas to their shopping lists. In addition to presents, our employees also generously donated money, and VITAC gave an annual holiday donation to the center.

Collage of HDS clients opening giftsBrittany, Chief Marketing Officer John Capobianco, Associate Product Manager David Rosales, Senior Offline Captioner James Elkins, Production Coordinator Becca Brooks, and Public Relations Manager Dave Titmus had the great fortune of doing their best Santa impersonations, distributing gifts and meeting with staff and clients.

HDS clients and staff always pull out all the stops on the holiday party, and this year certainly was no exception! The party room was adorned with holiday lights and colorful decorations, and there seemed to be endless trays of delicious homemade cookies and sweets (and we didn’t even mention the awesome lunch!).

After a lively, signed performance of “Away in a Manger,” “Deck the Halls,” and the always classic “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” it was time to hand out the dozens of gifts VITAC employees had purchased. The gifts — which included clothes, slippers, jewelry, gift cards, craft items, books, winter hats, gloves, and everything Steelers — were a huge hit!

We would like to offer a great big “Thanks!” to everyone at VITAC who donated to such a worthwhile event. Your generosity brought happiness and many wide smiles to some of the most deserving people this holiday season.