Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fresh Air Fund and OneSight

As you know, I have posted here before about the Fresh Air Fund and the great things they do for disadvantaged children in the United States. Fresh Air Fund has recently teamed up with OneSight to offer free eye exams and eye wear to thousands of children each year.

Both of my daughters wear glasses and for years, I had to pay out of pocket because we did not have insurance. We were lucky because we were able to afford the glasses and eye exam. So many others are not that lucky.

OneSight has a traveling optical clinic that goes to all five Fresh Air Fund camps, along with a team of local doctors and volunteers and services the children.

This summer at Fresh Air camp, OneSight's staff screened 3,295 children and counselors, gave 1,757 eye exams, and made 1,629 pairs of glasses, with 1,458 of them on-site and 171 specially driven in. The team stayed at Camp Hayden-Marks for two camp sessions, to make sure every child who needed the gift of sight was screened.

Some people might some children would be reluctant to be prescribed glasses, but I know from personal experience that they are delighted. They've been missing out on the world around them for too long. They miss seeing simple things like words on the board at school, the definition of leaves on a tree, the people across the street. Being able to see is a huge relief to these kids.

Thank you OneSight, for helping inner-city children receive the services they need.

If you can, please help give a child the experience of a lifetime with your gift to The Fresh Air Fund.

Every year, The Fresh Air Fund gives thousands of inner-city children the priceless gift of fun - and opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities.

Whether it's a two-week trip to visit a volunteer host family, or a fun-filled and educational stay at one of our camps, our programs make for unforgettable memories - and open a world of new friendships and fresh possibilities.

Fresh Air Fund is a not-for-profit agency and depend on tax-deductible donations from people like you to keep our vital programs flourishing. Donate online if you are able.

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