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May 15, 2018 > Letter to the Editor: Put your old eyeglasses to use

Letter to the Editor: Put your old eyeglasses to use

Myÿnameÿis Ganesh Murugappan and I am a sophomore at Mission San Jose High School and a Boy Scout in Troop 125 in Fremont, CA. I am currently working on my Eagle Scout project.

For the project, I am conducting an eyeglass donation drive, in which I will collect used eyeglasses, clean and package them, and send them to the poor in developing countries with the help ofÿNew Eyes for the Needy, a non-profit organization. When purchasing new glasses, many of us take our old glasses and store them in a closet. This project aims to take those glasses and give them to people who really need them.

As a user of eyeglasses, I personally understand the importance of having them. They help me read, learn, and enjoy life at whole new level. After learning about the millions of people in developing countries who do not have access to this essential resource, I decided to host this donation drive.

There are collection boxes in various public locations in the Bay Area. If you do not live near any of those locations, please contact me and I can arrange a pickup. The donation drive ends on May 25, so please donate as soon as possible. Give the power of sight by donating your used eyeglasses!

Drop-Off Locations:
Bridges Community Church, Crossroads Church, Fremont Hindu Temple, Fremont Main Library, Shiva Murugan Temple, Chadbourne Elementary, Gomes Elementary, Mission San Jose Elementary, Mission Valley Elementary, Hopkins Junior High, Mission San Jose High

If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact me at: eyeglassdonation@gmail.comÿor call (510) 374-2240.

Ganesh Murugappan

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