Eyeglass designer FGX International, best known for the Foster Grant brand, has announced a gift of eyeglasses worth approximately $5.7 million to support charitable causes in Haiti and around the world.
A total of 47,000 pairs of reading glasses will be distributed by New Jersey Lions Eye Recycling Center, one of the seventeen Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers worldwide that process donated and used eyewear to countries in need. Half the gift will be used to support CURE centers in Haiti and Africa, with the remaining half sent to other countries in need.
"Non-prescription reading glasses can certainly help patients in Haiti and elsewhere — not only to read, but to be able to do other tasks that require the ability to focus up close," said optometrist Paul Berman, co-director of EyeCare4Haiti, which is helping to distribute the glasses. "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....With a donation of this magnitude from FGX, we will be able to significantly change many more lives."