The Gift of SightWritten by Amber Krycka
Can you imagine not being able to see very well, where things are blurry.
Many Americans take their sight for granite.
And one North Platte man has teamed up with other eye doctors to ensure the gift of sight to others in third world countries.
Dr. Kim Baxter's Kenya trip last year was a huge success thanks to the second grade students at McDaid Elementary.
Their efforts and donations helped provide hundreds of eye glasses to those in need.
Flowers, trees, rainbows each have their own unique colors and many of us our blessed to have that ability to see all those colors.
But there are thousands of people who have never even had an eye exam.
"The majority of these people have never had an eye exam before, and they've never had glasses, and some of them have high correction and so it's very dramatic to see the expression on their face when they put glasses on for the first time," says Dr. Baxter.
Dr. Baxter is part of the Nebraska icare mission called Vaush: voluntary optometric services to humanity. Last year their mission was in Kenya.
"A couple of years ago., second graders made a project to collected and donate glasses for my mission trip, and those glasses ended up in Kenya, so I wanted the kids to see their fruits of their good service," says Dr. Baxter.
McDaid students donated 250 glasses.
"Examined and gave glasses to about 2,000 people in Kenya in a matter of about 4-5 days, I just want to report back to them and tell them how much good they've done by collecting those glasses," says Dr. Baxter.
So remember to be thankful the next time you put your glasses or contacts on or if you are just going to your annual checkup because thousands of people don't have the gift of sight.
"It's one of those things that we Americans take for granite because it's so readily accessible to all of us to have glasses but it's truly a miracle, a reminder of when people put their glasses on," says Dr. Baxter.