Give Kids Sight Day
Give Kids Sight Day - April 12, 2014
Free eye checks and eyeglasses to Philadelphia area children.
Eagles Youth Partnership, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, Wills Eye Hospital, Visionworks, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and hundreds of volunteers provided kids with access to the vision care they need.
2013 GKSD Wrap Up
Serious vision problems such as amblyopia, strabismus, high astigmatism, retina problems and the need for glasses were just some of the undiagnosed vision issues detected in hundreds of uninsured and underinsured Philadelphia school children at the fourth annual Give Kids Sight Day at Wills Eye.
An army of volunteers including Wills Eye doctors and staffers along with many collaborating organizations in the city such as Eagles Youth Partnership, Thomas Jefferson Medical College, The Philadelphia School District and Public Citizens for Children and Youth, spent Saturday, April 13, 2013 examining children for free, diagnosing vision problems, and talking with families. Two free pairs of glasses are also being sent to any child identified as needing them. There were also snacks, games, cartoons and smiles for the kids.
"Each year, thousands of children in Philadelphia fail their vision screen and never get care," says Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics at Wills Eye. "This has great impact on their ability to learn. We thank everyone who participated in the event this year and appreciate their time and hard work that made it a success. We helped a lot of kids."
Also highlighting the day, President of Eagles Youth Partnership, Eagles Social Responsibility, Christina Weiss Lurie and 2013 Linebacker Chris McCoy stopped by to greet the crowd and take pictures. The Eagles Cheerleaders and team mascot Swoop also entertained.
Wills Eye thanks its many generous friends in the community who provided in-kind donations including Brown's ShopRite, Creative Characters, Walgreens, The Susan and Jack Holender Children's Fund, Acme, Capriccio, Cosi, Giant, Midtown II, Starbucks, 1st and Fresh Catering, The Fresh Grocer, Wawa and Whole Foods.