[On screen text: Promoting the Advancement of the Deaf Community - A Federal Employee and Retiree Testimonial]
My name is Trina Redmond, and I am a CFC supporter.
[signing: My name is Mildred and I'm a support of CFC.]
This is my mom Mildred, and she's a retired postal worker.
Honestly, I don't know where I would be today without her.
I have a skill that I can use at any point in my life,
and I can always turn back to this special talent that I have thanks to her.
[On screen text: As a child of two deaf parents, Trina learned sign language at a young age.
She quickly became an advocate for the deaf community.]
Growin up, my experience was interesting because I had to do things
that a lot of other children didn't have to do, which was to interpret for my parents.
[signing: Back in the day we didn't have any other options.
We weren't 100% sure what to do in those situations.
So, I ended up having to rely on family for different types of appointments -
like going to the bank, doing to doctor's appointments, had to rely on family.
I was comfortable with it only because it was the only option that we had.
But nowadays, I much prefer to have a professional interpreter there
and then I am not putting that burden on my family.]
I remember when I was younger, my mom would get involved with protests
for deaf rights and deaf advocacy.
And, one in particular was with a major news station here in the city.
And they were not providing closed captioning, so that they
would have access to what's happening on the news.
And seeing that helped me to realize:
"Wow. There's a lot of work to be done out here."
[On screen text: The CFC becomes a legacy of giving in Trina's life.]
I learned about the CFC as a kid when my mom was working at the Post Office
and it just happened to be one of those days when I went with her to her job
because she needed me to interpret something to someone.
And there were activities going on there and I was like,
"Oooh. What's this? It looks so fun."
And, as I got older, I found out more about the campaign,
and it's interesting now that I'm a government worker myself,
that the CFC has revisited my life. Through these charitable organizations
things have changed a great deal because of their advocacy, and
children that are coming along now don't have to experience life the way I did as a kid.
No matter who you are or where you are in life, either you or someone very close to you
have had to rely on a charity for one reason or another.
And it's just a matter of thinking about what are the things in life that are important to you.
And for me, it's charities that promote the advancement of the deaf community,
and going through the CFC an easy way for me to support these organizations.
And I know the money is going to a great cause.