SAN ANTONIO -

Thanks to a generous donation from Visionworks and HVHC Inc., more than 2,000 pairs of glasses were donated to the I Care Center at Haven for Hope.

It took about 100 workers and some overtime to make sure all the pairs were finished by Christmas.

Worker Janice Kane said she knows just how important her job was these past few months. "I wear glasses, so I know if I don't have my glasses, I can't see," said Kane.

She has been with the company for 15 years. She said she felt this act of kindness really made her job more meaningful.

"Because we're giving the gift of sight to people who are less fortunate, and who really need it," said Kane.

It took the lab about two months to make all of the glasses. Because all of them have an anti-glare coating on them, each pair took about six hours to make.

The executive director of I Care San Antonio, Libby Bentley, said, “We desperately need glasses for our patients. We distributed about 3,000 pairs of glasses last year, and so this gift is huge for us."

All the glasses made will go directly to low-income or homeless children or adults. 

Bentley said better vision means a better life for them. "We provide glasses for that bus driver that makes $8,000 a year and can't afford to get an eye exam and glasses, so this gift is not only huge for that patient but for the community," said Bentley.

HVHC Inc. Vice President Carl D. Hale said this project not only provided glasses to those in need, but trained new workers on how to make a pair of glasses.

"It kind of gave them a sense of training of production and of value to what they were doing in this training mode," said Hale.

I Care San Antonio said they can always use money donations or even gently used glasses to meet with their clients’ needs.

According to their website, since 1992, 21,449 patients have received care; 1,041 surgeries have been performed; 16,230 pairs of glasses have been provided. That’s a total care valued at $4,061,053. 

If you would like to learn more on how to help Have for Hope clients, please contact Libby Bentley at LBentley@alamovision.org.

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