Thousands raised to help boy replace hearing aids

NAMPA -- Thousands of dollars are being raised for a kindergartner who says bullies threw his hearing aids into a pond.

Amy Glover said her six-year-old son Koltin has been wearing special hearing aids since he was just six months old to help him better hear different pitches and tones.

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Since KTVB's story aired Friday night, more than $7,000 has been donated to Koltin's gofundme page. That's more than the $5,000 it costs to replace the hearing aids, but people all around Idaho continue to donate to help support Koltin and his family.

"We opened the link, Koltin was actually laying with me, snuggling anyway, so we clicked on the link and it came up and said that we had already made past our goal overnight," said Amy Glover. "It was pretty amazing."

People have also volunteered to give Koltin their own hearing aids. One person even offered to pay for karate classes.

Glover said the her friend who organized the page got 160 emails overnight from people wanting to help. One was from Derrick Coleman, fullback for the Seattle Seahawks and the first deaf offensive player in the NFL.

"She said Derrick Coleman had sent a person email saying that he would like to help Koltin get new hearing aids and take care of it for him," Glover said.

Amy and Koltin were both very touched by the generosity of our viewers and readers who opened their wallets to help them out.

"Thank you to every single person," Amy said. "It's just amazing. There's no other word for it. It feels incredible to live in such an amazing, generous community of people that care and want to help."

With all the money and donation, Amy said Koltin will be taken care off. They want to use any money left over to help another child in the Treasure Valley.

"We want to help a local family and I know that the child that was hit by the bus, their family still needs a lot of help and they're going to continue to need help," said Glover. "So now that Koltin has what he needs, we'll be able to hopefully help them out as well."


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