Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world and in the United States cannot function normally or perform day-to-day tasks for one simple reason: they cannot see clearly. Beyond practical reasons, imagine not being able to clearly see your children or loved ones–not knowing their smile or dimples or the way their eyes wrinkle when they laugh.
In the developing world, children and adults often don’t have access to or the money for very basic vision correction. Here in the United States, many families cannot afford eye examinations or the corrective lenses that they need.
Enter “New Eyes for the Needy.” This non-profit humanitarian organization was founded in 1932. Last year they provided over 355,000 pairs of eyeglasses to people in the developing world. The organization helped purchase over 6,800 pairs of glasses for people in the United States.
I am issuing a challenge to my readers. Rather than getting your glasses through a retailer, buy your glasses online (from any of the merchants shown on the right or through an independent google search) and donate half of the difference to New Eyes for the Needy. If you normally spend $200 on glasses, get a similar pair online for $50 and donate $75, or half of the $150 difference. Together, we can make a difference.
If you cannot afford to donate right now, I challenge you to simply send your old eyeglasses to the organization. They will be refurbished and bring new life to an individual in a developing country. Send your unused eyeglasses (and maybe your friends’ too!) to:
New Eyes for the Needy
549 Millburn Avenue
PO Box 332
Short Hills, NJ 07078
There are other ways to help to. Learn more at the New Eyes for the Needy web page at neweyesfortheneedy.org