Yankees, Vikings help holocaust survivors receive hearing aids

More than 20 Holocaust survivors from the New York City area will be among a group of nearly 100 people in need receiving hearing aids Wednesday at an event at Yankee Stadium.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is providing the customized, digital hearing devices with backing from the New York Yankees, the Minnesota Vikings, the Wilf Family Foundations and the Jewish Federations of North America.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi will participate in Starkey’s sixth annual hearing mission at Yankee Stadium, as will Vikings owners Mark and Lenny Wilf, among others.

"Being part of a family who are Holocaust survivors, this is an extremely important cause," Lenny Wilf, the Vikings’ vice chairman, said in a statement. "There are over 30,000 survivors in the U.S. who need assistance, and under Mark Wilf’s leadership we are raising funds to meet their social service needs through Jewish federations. Accordingly, if we can play a role in bettering the lives of these survivors and children in need, we need to participate.”

“It is an honor to have a part in providing a better quality of life for New York-area children and Holocaust survivors,” Lonn Trost, Yankees chief operating officer and general counsel, said in a statement. “We congratulate the entire Starkey team on their tireless efforts to provide complimentary hearing devices to those in need around the world.”

, USA TODAY Sports