Castro Valley first-grader Alicia Lyding is deaf and uses hearing aids.
At school she uses a device called a Phonak, which attaches to her hearing aids and helps her hear her teacher clearly. When her elementary school was burglarized earlier this month, the school-provided Phonak devices were also taken, ABC News reports.
The next week Phonak’s president saw the story and sent a brand new, state-of-the-art Phonak system to give to Alicia.
The device allows a hearing-impaired person to pull out the background noise and hear what they want to listen to.
The company also sent Alicia a plush lion named “Leo” who wears hearing aids.
Several days later, the county sheriff’s department caught the suspect. The 19-year-old homeless man revealed where he had discarded the Phonak and wrote little Alicia a letter of apology for taking her hearing devices.