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October 1962


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New Eyes for the Needy, Inc. Short Hills, New Jersey

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;68(4):578. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960030582028

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To the Editor:  —New Eyes never asks for money, only for discarded eyeglasses or bits of broken jewelry, which in our hands become the means of better eyesight for those in need. Gold and silver frames and jewelry are melted down to provide the funds with which we purchase new prescription eyeglasses.Our organization is staffed by 120 volunteers from the Short Hills-Millburn area who donate many hours each week to keep New Eyes running smoothly. In addition, there is one paid secretary on a part-time basis. We work in a basement donated by Christ Church in Short Hills, and the overhead is kept to a minimum—11% to be exact.About 40 mailbags filled with packages come in every week from all over the United States. These packages are opened, and the metal and plastic framed glasses must be sorted. Each pair of glasses mailed in is tabulated and

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