11 March 2009

New Eyes for the Needy

New Eyes for the Needy (New Eyes) purchases new eyeglasses for poor children and adults in the United States and recycles donated glasses for distribution to indigent people in developing nations worldwide.

Founded in 1932, the organization's mission is simple: "to improve the vision of poor children and adults." To date the organization has brought improved vision to over 7 million people. For about $60, New Eyes can improve a person's life by providing them with a new pair of glasses.

The organization, located in New Jersey, is run primary by volunteers. They are a United Way organization, endorsed by:
  • The National Society for the Prevention of Blindness
  • Fight for Sight
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology 
  • The Opticians Association of America
New Eyes is a reminder that little can do so much for those in need. The site, like this feature, is direct and to the point. The need for eyeglasses for those living in poverty can easily be overlooked, or may seem like the least of a child or adult's problems. However, the opportunity these glasses provide can have a profound effect. Reading, working, and many other tasks are performed better by having improved vision. These tools are vital to helping those living in poverty take the first steps out of poverty.

For more information please visit the New Eyes for the Needy website.

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