(Pictured, L-R: Althea DeGree, Chair of the Eyeglass Drive Donation Program; June Wright, Eyeglass Drive Donation Coordinator; Beverly Cole, Eyeglass Drive Sponsor; Michele Hartlove; Taylor Blackwell)
In May, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington received a generous donation of 493 pairs of eyeglasses and sunglasses from a collection drive sponsored by the Coalition of African-American Regulatory Employees (CARE)! CARE is a group formed by employees of the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Over the course of three months, used eyeglasses and sunglasses were collected in donation boxes at District Offices across the United States.
Last year, the Prevention of Blindness Society (POB) of Metropolitan Washington’s Eyeglasses Clinic, located on Rhode Island Avenue in Washington, DC, served more than 3,700 local individuals in-need. The clinic provides new eyeglasses to low-income and homeless persons in the area who need eyeglasses but cannot afford to pay for them.
Since 1936, it has been POB’s goal to provide sight-saving services to as many of our region’s citizens as possible. More than 75 years later, we are still fulfilling that mission. From vital vision screenings to support group meetings to vision research grants and more, POB continues to make a difference in the lives of those in our local community by improving and preserving sight.