Kentucky resident wearing her New Eyes glasses
Dear New Eyes Supporter,
Thank you for your generous and critical support of our "New Eyes for Kentucky" project. Since the pandemic began, many Kentuckians have been impacted by Covid-related joblessness and a loss of health benefits, coming to New Eyes for new eyeglasses and clear sight.
Since October, New Eyes has provided 365 Kentuckians with new prescription eyeglasses and the clear vision necessary to build independent, successful lives. We assisted 65 children, 174 women and 126 men, ranging in ages from 6 to 87 years old. GlobalGiving donors enabled 36 of these individuals to get the clear vision necessary to improve their lives. New Eyes is so very grateful for your generosity! Clear vision empowers children to do better in school, as well as older adults heading back to college; allow others to seek employment; and enable the elderly to live more safely and independently.
With the advent of Covid, Kentucky has become the top state in the country that utilizes our program for its residents. Of Kentuckians enrolled in Medicare, 72% of them have traditional Medicare which does not cover eyeglasses. Kentucky's Medicaid program also does not cover the cost of eyeglasses, leaving many Kentuckians, who are among the working poor, helpless in obtaining eyeglasses. And while eyeglass coverage for children is covered under Kentucky Medicaid, if they break or lose their glasses, it is difficult to obtain a replacement pair (which is why New Eyes provides 2 pairs of glasses to each child!).
New Eyes and YOU fill the gap for those Kentuckians in need so that they can have the clear vision necessary to improve their lives. A pair of eyeglasses in the U.S.averages $196, far above the means of the people we help - who struggle to pay housing costs, utilities, food, medical and childcare bills. Without New Eyes and YOUR support, these individuals would continue to struggle with poor, uncorrected vision.
New Eyes continues to be there for Kentuckians during these stressful times - because of generosity like yours. YOU provided a hand-up, not a hand-out. YOU made deep and long-lasting impacts on the lives of families facing financial hardship when you donated to New Eyes. THANK YOU!
A thank-you email from Kentucky resident