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Thursday, 2 June 2011

What do you think of when you see a pile of eyeglasses?

Is this what you see in your mind’s eye? Or do you see the potential of giving sight to thousands?

A Bar Mitzvah student in our congregation placed an empty box in the foyer of our shul, requesting donations of prescription glasses, sunglasses, and readers. His goal? To collect 1,800 pair and donate them to an organization that will retrofit them and make them available to one of the 153 MILLION people worldwide who have uncorrected vision problems. Imagine the significant impact one pair can have to bring clarity to one whose quality of life is compromised by impaired sight. Now imagine the impact of 1,800 pair.

When I heard of the 1,800 pair goal, I admit that I worried it was out-of-reach. But as of last Shabbos, Mattitiyahu b. Miriam had collected over 1,200 pair.

Bringing to life the words of Theodor Herzl, If you will it, it is no dream.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, 2 June 2011 7:13 am


  2. Thursday, 2 June 2011 7:16 am

    What a wonderful Bar Mitzvah project, this kid must be something special.

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  3. Miriam Van Raalte permalink
    Thursday, 2 June 2011 7:27 am

    We had a student who put a box in the office to collect glasses about 4 years ago. He has long since reached his goal, but people got into the habit of bringing in the glasses, so we’ve now adopted it as one of our ongoing tikun olam projects.

  4. Thursday, 2 June 2011 11:19 am

    It’s always humbling to me when something I take sooo for granted is unavailable to others. Mazel tov to this young man for making this opportunity for people to give.


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