SMITHFIELD, R.I.–FGX International, a leading designer and marketer of non-prescription reading glasses and sunglasses, has donated approximately $5.7 Million in reading glasses to support charitable causes both in America and worldwide. Most recently, FGX International donated 47,000 pairs of reading glasses, to be used to support ongoing recovering efforts in Haiti and on medical missions around the world. One half of the donation, comprised of both Magnivision and Foster Grant branded readers, will benefit CURE centers in Haiti and Africa, a project of the Lions Club International Foundation. The remaining half will be sent on medical missions to other third world countries in need.
“Non-prescription reading glasses can certainly help patients in Haiti and elsewhere – not only to read, but to be able to do other tasks that require the ability to focus up close”
FGX worked with Dr. Paul Berman, Optometrist, co-director of EyeCare4Haiti, to facilitate the donation. Dr. Berman visited Haiti in the wake of the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake and saw a compelling need for non-prescription reading glasses.
“Non-prescription reading glasses can certainly help patients in Haiti and elsewhere – not only to read, but to be able to do other tasks that require the ability to focus up close,” said Dr. Berman. “We delivered readers last year to patients in Haiti. For the first time in a while, people could see up close, read, sew, and perform other everyday jobs. I was amazed to learn that in some parts of rural Haiti, it is thought that not being able to see up close was just part of the aging process and that there is no solution. With a donation of this magnitude from FGX, we will be able to significantly change many more lives.”
“It has been one year since the devastating Haiti earthquake and the reality is that there is still so much work to be done to help Haiti recover,” said Alec Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, FGX International. “If we can aid in some small way with the donation of eyewear, we are pleased to be able to do so. It is our sincere hope that our reading glasses donation both in America and abroad will help patients in need throughout the world.”
The 47,000 pairs of readers will be distributed by New Jersey Lions Eye Recycling Center, one of the 17 Lions Recycling Centers in the world, which processes donated and used eyewear to be sent to countries in need.
FGX International has also donated approximately $3 Million of eyewear to the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources, (NAIER), and nearly $2 Million of product to Feed the Children.
About FGX International
FGX International is a leading designer and marketer of non-prescription reading glasses and sunglasses with a portfolio of established, highly recognized eyewear brands including Foster Grant®, Magnivision®, Gargoyles®, Anarchy®, Corinne McCormack®, SolarShield® and PolarEyes®. FGXI also holds licenses for brands such as Ironman, Body Glove, Field & Stream™ and C9 by Champion. Based in Smithfield, Rhode Island, FGXI has approximately 350 full time employees. Additional offices are located in New York City, New York; San Luis Obispo, CA; Toronto, Canada; Stoke-on-Trent, England; Mexico City, Mexico; and Shenzhen, China.
About New Jersey Lions Recycling Center
New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center at the Katzenbach School for the Deaf, 320 Sullivan Way, West Trenton, NJ 08628 receives approximately 1.2 million pair of eyeglasses each year. The eyeglasses are processed with the help of students from the Katzenbach School for the Deaf as well as prisoners from three State Correctional Institutions.
The center continually sponsors missions globally and to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, organizing participation from optometrists and other medical professionals. The center has also coordinated equipment loans between other Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers and mission groups. Mission Teams wishing to request a supply of Lions Recycled Eyeglasses may submit completed “Eyeglass Request Order Form” via fax to Alan P. Brewer, President FAX: 908-782-4232 and to the NJ LERC FAX: 609-530-3485.
NAEIR, (National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources): is a nonprofit organization that collects excess inventory from manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers then redistributes the goods to nonprofit organizations all over U.S. (Donors Include: Microsoft, Gateway, Stanley Tools, Reebok, 3M, Rubbermaid, Reader’s Digest Books, Rand McNally, Gillette, Xerox, BRIO, and more).
About Feed the Children
Feed the Children: Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.