New Eyes for the Needy
In A Nutshell:
Improve the vision of poor children and adults by purchasing new eyeglasses in the United States, and recycling donated glasses for distribution in developing nations worldwide.
Why They Rock:
- Since their founding in 1932, they have improved the eyesight of more than 7,000,000 people in the U.S. and around the world.
- They accept donations of: plastic eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses in good condition; metal eyeglasses in any condition; hearing aids; pairs of prescription lenses; watches, silver and gold jewelry, and costume jewelry; silverware and giftware; and dentures with gold inlays.
- Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is a huge supporter who made an informational video for the organization and helped with their silent auction at their annual fundraising event See for Change.
Stop! Instead of slam dunking your old glasses in the trash…give them a second life to somebody 50 miles or 5,000 miles from you! If you were able to read the first sentence, keep reading since YOU have the ability to help people living in a blurred world…even without donating glasses!
My contact Jean set-up a sweet day under the warm CEO Susan who guided me on an office tour…one of the unknown treasures was Fabulous Finds which sells donated jewelry and other boutique items, and all the proceeds help purchase new eyeglasses for United States residents.
I was put to work writing acknowledgments (thank you cards) for all the eyeglass donations across the world with the veteran volunteer Barbara and her kind crew of retiree volunteers. Then I shifted gears to help Jake who is a stud in sorting all types of glasses, I wanted to keep a pair of tinted sport goggles for the roadtrip…bugs at 75 mph through Montana – snack.
After lunch (sin bugkill) I met another cool crew comprised of high school students led by Mike who already has enough volunteer hours to graduate but still comes out of love. We used high-powered microscopes to determine lens type, sorted glasses to bins, and ate candy! Something very 50Giveness happened during our break – we became an audience for students with disabilities practicing their public speaking skills…this kind of stuff gives me the chills – non-profits giving back!
Jersey hospitality was off the charts – friendly Soprano style: gourmet organic cooking from my host Laura; dancing, more dancing, and singing (watch all in HD) from my chill-cat host Scottie; Indian dinner with BYOBitburger…and their Zen wooded-paradise house was perfect to chillax…they were even goodbye cookies attached to my windshield!
New Eyes for the Needy makes helping accessible for anybody by providing a
One-Stop resource center to contribute….donate glasses, start a collection, give money…there are numerous ways to support! Providing clear vision provides huge benefits: better results in school, job opportunities, and just the ability to see the world – one click, on One-Stop, will provide light.
Donate (glasses and/or money):
“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” -Emerson