David Carr, owner of McGuire’s Hearing and Audiological Services, said the philosophy of his Riverhead-based business is that hearing the voice of a loved one is an essential part of life. That’s why Mr. Carr recently donated dozens of prepaid phone cards to the Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, whose members are based at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton.
The phone cards will be distributed to unit personnel currently deployed overseas.
Attending the presentation of the phone cards to the Rescue Wing, which was part of Mr. Carr’s “Operation I Hear You,” were Major Emily Desrosier, Wing Executive Officer for the 106th, Michael Jacobs, chair of the Friends of the 106th, and Southampton Town Board member Chris Nuzzi.
“We’re proud to be able to support local Wing members through this program,” Mr. Carr said. “Every day we treat people who benefit from hearing anew the voice of their loved ones. This is just an extension of that.”
Additionally, Mr. Carr, who owns stores across Long Island, including Southampton, has pledged to donate a $25 calling card to Friends of the 106th, a support group for the Rescue Wing, each time a hearing device is purchased from one of his stores.
“Any support granted to these members eases the challenge of deployment and separation from their loved ones,” Maj. Desrosier said.
Mr. Jacobs commended Mr. Carr’s donation and said that support from the community goes a long way in helping the troops get through the adversity that comes with deployment. Mr. Jacobs’s group acts as a liaison between Wing members and their families and advocates for the welfare of the unit.