Expos Attendees Have a Chance to Make a Child's Vision Brighter

We've all heard the phrase, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." When it comes to old prescription glasses, the saying should be, "If it ain't broke, donate it."

Returning for what is hoped to be another successful year at the NSC 2008 Congress & Expo, the Community Safety Division of the NSC has once again teamed up with Lions Club International (LCI), Rotary International, and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity in their ongoing program to provide eyeglasses to people in need throughout the world.

LCI estimates that millions of children and adults in developing nations lack access to basic eye care services and corrective lenses. Poor vision profoundly affects their quality of life. For children, vision loss can lead to failure in school, delays in development, learning disabilities, and even juvenile delinquency. For adults, uncorrected vision can lead to unemployment and the inability to support a family. Seniors with vision loss are limited in performing daily activities, depriving them of an independent lifestyle.

Attendees are being asked to consider donating their old eyeglasses in order to give to those in need the gift of sight. In addition to reading glasses, all other types of eyeglasses and sunglasses--adult and child size, prescription and non-prescription--are needed. Both plastic and metal frames are accepted.

Donations will be collected onsite during the Congress and Expo. The Collection Bin will be located in the Convention Center Lobby. Attendees can choose to forgo bringing such delicate cargo in their suitcases by mailing their donations to: Attention: Judy Bernardi, Gift of Sight Program, National Safety Council, 1121 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL 60143.

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