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Essilor USA gives free eye exams and sends Club members home with new name brand glasses

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Club members and parents get free eye exams and glasses from Essilor USA.

Club members and parents get free eye exams and glasses from Essilor USA. /Sara Schneider

Free name brand glasses were distributed to those who qualified.

Free name brand glasses were distributed to those who qualified. /Sara Schneider

Participants trying to pick out their new pair of glasses.

Participants trying to pick out their new pair of glasses. /Sara Schneider

Sight is an important sense that sometimes gets mistreated due to financial setbacks, but on June 8 Essilor USA, the world’s leader in ophthalmic lenses came to Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth to give free eye exams and pass out new glasses for those who qualified.
When Essilor USA hosts eye care clinics, on average 20% of people served will receive a pair of glasses, but after their visit to Boys & Girls Clubs, 50% of kids and families qualified to receive a new pair of glasses. A total of 25 name brand glasses were given away at no charge.
“I was glad to see the kids’ and parents’ faces light up when they received their new glasses,” said Erin Crison, Interim Steil Club Director. “Some of the Club members had glasses that were broken and did not look good; having a new pair of glasses really makes the kids feel good about themselves, and now they can see things without straining their eyes.”
Boys & Girls Clubs staff and Club members would like to thank Essilor USA for donating 25 pairs of glasses and making a difference in the youth of Grand Rapids. If you would like to support Boys & Girls Clubs, please visit their website: www.bgcgryc.org
 
Article Written by Phil Bunce

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