UAB Community Eye Care giving back this holiday season, help them help others

The outreach program of UAB Eye Care is collecting donated blankets and other items ahead of winter to share with patients who come through its “Gift of Sight” event.

SOO-bannerCommunity Eye Care, the outreach program of University of Alabama at Birmingham Eye Care, is offering not only the gift of sight this holiday season, but also the gift of warmth.

Community Eye Care is collecting donations of new items such as blankets, scarves, hats and gloves from Dec. 1-5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the UAB School of Optometry, 1716 University Blvd.

Collected items will be given out as gifts to those in need at its “Gift of Sight” event, taking place throughout the community Dec. 2-6. Community Eye Care partnered with VSP and Allergan to offer free exams and glasses during this event to people in the Birmingham community who have limited or no access to vision care. 

“We’ve reached out to the homeless shelters, outreach centers, re-entry programs, low income/no income, and women and children’s shelters and invited them to come receive the gift of sight,” said Scelelar Jefferson, clinical coordinator in the UAB School of Optometry. “Our goal is to reach those in the community who need our help. We would love to make this holiday season like none they’ve ever seen before.”

If you have any questions about making a donation, call UAB Eye Care at 205-975-2020.