By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008
Dr. Randy King and his staff at Pearle Vision in Broken Arrow are collecting used eyewear for Give the Gift of Sight, a global charitable foundation that provides free eye exams and eyewear to millions in need. (Back row, L to R): Dr. King, Tanya, Sheila, Chris, (Front row, L to R): Amber and Kylie.
Today 250 million people around the world suffer from poor vision because they don’t have access to vision care and glasses. Give the Gift of Sight, a global charitable foundation that provides free eye exams and eyewear to millions in need, is asking the public to help by donating their used glasses.
Give the Gift of Sight is conducting its first annual eyewear collection drive. Consumers can donate their old prescription glasses and non-prescription sunglasses at Dr. King’s Pearle Vision, 3505 W. Kenosha St. (71st and 129th) in Broken Arrow. Give the Gift of Sight will clean and repair the donated eyewear for distribution on its international missions.
What kind of used glasses are needed? Give the Gift of Sight gladly accepts used eyewear including women’s, men’s and children’s prescription glasses (all frame styles are accepted), bi-focals, and non-prescription sunglasses.
As an added incentive to donating your old eyeglasses, Dr. King’s Pearle Vision will give you a 40 percent discount on new eyeglasses with your donation. “This is a great way to bless others and get a great deal for yourself and your family in the process,” says Dr. King. You will also receive a receipt for your gift, which you may be able to use as a tax deduction.
“We believe clear vision is a basic human right,” says Greg Hare, executive director of Give the Gift of Sight. “A pair of used glasses sitting in a drawer at home can transform the life of someone in need. Our volunteers have seen millions of cases where a pair of recycled glasses has made the difference in helping a child succeed in school or enabling a parent to find meaningful work to support their family. For a vast majority of people in developing countries, the used glasses we collect are their only chance to have clear vision. The global need for vision care is massive, and we’re asking the public for their support by donating used glasses.”
Dr. King has participated in mission trips himself, providing eye care and glasses in Guatemala. He reports seeing people’s faces light up when they get their new glasses and are able to see well for the first time. “Many of the elderly in such countries make their living by doing sewing and craft work and really struggle without the right eyeglasses,” says Dr. King.
This year alone Give the Gift of Sight needs approximately 1.2 million used glasses to support 20 planned missions to developing countries, including India, Cambodia, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Chile and more. Volunteer teams consisting of Luxottica Group associates, doctors, opticians and program partners travel around the world to hand-deliver free eye exams and recycled glasses to an average of 20,000 adults and children per mission. To date, Give the Gift of Sight has helped provide clear vision to more than six million people worldwide through more than 135 optical missions to 32 countries.
A Luxottica Group Foundation, Give the Gift of Sight is a family of charitable programs providing free vision care and eyewear to underprivileged individuals in North America and in developing countries worldwide. Established in 1988, Give the Gift of Sight programs have served more than six million people on five continents and in hundreds of communities across North America. Other significant program partners include Lions Clubs International and thousands of community charities worldwide.
Stop by Dr. King’s Pearle Vision at 71st & 129th today to donate your old glasses for a great cause and receive a discount on a new pair.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.