Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gratitude: Fresh Air Vision


One of the things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving week is having glasses. Everyone I love who needs glasses also has them. That means we can read and learn and make art and see the tiniest mushrooms growing on the bark of the oak tree. Have you seen them? They are the size of a ladybug's umbrella!

What if you needed glasses and couldn't afford them?

Imagine how that would impair your reading and writing, and seeing the blackboard, and doing school sports.

Think about all the fun things your eyes help you to do, too: predicting the winter weather by looking at the woolly bear caterpillar's stripes,


spotting little gnomes in the forest, and


making things.


I'm grateful for One Sight, a wonderful program which works with the Fresh Air Fund to bring better vision to children in the Fresh Air Fund program. Did you know that one out of four school children in the U.S. has vision problems, and 86% do not get their vision checked before age 12? How can this be?

The Fresh Air Fund and One Sight are doing something about the problem.

One Sight's Vision Vans and a team of local doctors and volunteers visited each Fresh Air Camp this summer for the fifth summer in the row to provide free eye exams and eye wear to thousands of children in need. They screened 3,295 children and counselors, gave 1,757 eye exams, and made 1,629 pairs of glasses.

Consider supporting this wonderful program. To visit their site, click on the title of this post! Thank you! Beth

6 comments:

Naturalearthfarm said...

I know first hand what a difference glasses can make in the life of a child. My nine year old daughter was not finding joy in reading and complaining about her eyes hurting by the end of the day. After a visit to the eye doctor we learned she had short eye balls and her brain had to work very, very hard to read. Now with glasses, she is reading book after book and no complaints at the end of the day. This is a wonderful organization to support.
Thanks for taking the time to post this.
Warm wishes.

suzanne said...

Good morning Beth

You are so very right. Sight is a huge blessing. My Gradfather was a baker and he slowly lost his sight to eventually becoming blind. I know this affected him and his talented craft. This cause has my attention and their are many many people in Africa who cannot afford glasses. Many reading and studying with the light of one candle at night straining their eyes...

Beth have a wonderful Thanks giving. You are a special person..

Warm regards
Suzanne

Kelly said...

Beth, a wonderful post. Sight is certainly something to be extremely grateful for. Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.

Hip Mountain Mama said...

Thanks for this great post. Truly something we take for granted. I would be lost without my glasses or contacts. Thanks for bringing this wonderful cause to our attention!
Enjoy your day
Suzy

Hip Mountain Mama said...

Thanks for this great post. Truly something we take for granted. I would be lost without my glasses or contacts. Thanks for bringing this wonderful cause to our attention!
Enjoy your day
Suzy

Grace said...

me too, Beth - I'm so thankful for my glasses! To see!

I will check out this charity. Thanks for sharing it here.