As soon as I saw information for “Give Kids Sight” day in Philadelphia, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I have worn glasses for well over half my life and I would be lost (quite literally) without them.
In 4th grade I had a problem. I went from easily grasping concepts in school to struggling. In part it was the teacher but in larger part it was the fact I couldn’t see the blackboard where she explained everything. I remember squinting as I struggled to make out what she wrote. She wasn’t the kindest about it. “It wasn’t her problem. My parents needed to get me glasses.”
Well, it was MY problem. We couldn’t afford glasses at that point. In fact it ended up being about a year before I ended up going to the eye dr. Those first ginormous pink glasses (what was 11 year old me thinking??!!) changed my life.
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), Eagles Youth Partnership, Wills Eye Institute and Visionworks are teaming up for the 4th annual Give Kids Sight Day on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Children age 18 and under, who are uninsured or under-insured and unable to get vision care will be able to get free eye exams and free glasses as needed.
When: April 12, 2014 – Registration is 8:30 AM – 2 PM
Where: Hamilton Building at 1001 Locust Streets on the Thomas Jefferson University Campus
- First come, First served basis
- No appointments are necessary.
- Registration, screening and selecting glasses may take several hours.
- Plan ahead for food, transportation and parking.
- Two SEPTA tokens per child will be given.
- Interpreters in Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese and several other languages will be available to assist families.
- All families can get help applying for health insurance
Last year, in just over nine hours, 700+ children of all ages had their eyes checked during this free event. Approximately half of the kids received two free pairs of glasses.