Tomorrow will mark the one year anniversary of the catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti, killing an estimated 230,000 people, injuring 300,000 and leaving one million homeless. Over the past year, charities, celebrities, companies and everyday people have come together to offer aid to those affected by the aftermath, including FGX International, a marketer of non-prescription reading glasses and sunglasses.
The eyewear mogul recently donated 47,000 pairs of reading glasses to be used in support of the ongoing recovery efforts in Haiti and on medical missions across the globe. Over 23,000 of those pairs, consisting of Magnivision and Foster Grant brand readers, will benefit CURE centers in Haiti and Africa, a project spearheaded by the Lions Club International Foundation.
Dr. Paul Berman, optometrist and co-director of EyeCare4Haiti, assisted FGX International with the donation. During his visit to the devastated area he realized there was a dire need for non-prescription readers:
“We delivered readers last year to patients in Haiti. For the first time in a while, people could see up close, read, sew, and perform other everyday jobs. I was amazed to learn that in some parts of rural Haiti, it is thought that not being able to see up close was just part of the aging process and that there is no solution. With a donation of this magnitude from FGX, we will be able to significantly change many more lives.”
While there’s still plenty more work to be done, it’s reassuring to know that those in need will greatly benefit from these altruistic efforts.