VITAC Traditions: WPSD Holiday Card, Center for Hearing & Deaf Services Gift Program

Dec 21 2023 VITAC
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In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share a couple of holiday traditions that are very near and dear to our hearts at VITAC.

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Holiday Artwork

Nothing says warm and cozy (and sweet!) holidays like a gingerbread man soaking in a cup of hot cocoa!

Each year, VITAC sends holiday cards to clients, colleagues, and friends around the world. And, for the past 33 years, the talented students at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD) have provided the artwork and visuals that bring those cards to life.

This year, students created artwork around the theme of ’Gingerbread Men.’ We shared all the artwork with staff and asked everyone to vote for their favorite design, with the piece garnering the most votes making the cover of our 2023 holiday card, below. (You check out all the incredible artwork that students created here!)

VITAC holiday christmas card with an image of a gingerbread man sitting in a cup of cocoa with the words "Happy Holidays - Hope Your Holidays are Filed with Warmth, Happiness and Joy!

Center for Hearing and Deaf Service Gift Program

Continuing a holiday tradition that’s been going strong for more than a quarter century, VITAC this week delivered holiday gifts and well-wishes to clients at the Center for Hearing & Deaf Services (HDS).

HDS is VITAC’s chosen holiday charity, and 2023 marks the 28th consecutive year that VITAC has shared the holidays with the center’s clients.

This year’s holiday gift program kicked off late last month when we received a list of client names and gift suggestions from HDS. This year’s wish-list included clothes, boots, gift cards, books, games, and craft items. VITAC also gives an annual holiday donation to the center.

“We have such a wonderful, long-standing relationship with HDS,” said Dave Titmus, VITAC public relations and communications manager. “It’s something we look forward to each year.”

The Center for Hearing & Deaf Services 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.