Pearle Vision's Shared Sight(TM) Eyeglass Collection Program to Aid Underprivileged People Worldwide Pearle Vision and New Eyes for the Needy making a visible difference



    CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Your old eyeglasses can make a
 world of difference.  They can help someone do their job, perform daily tasks
 and see their world more clearly. Stop by any Pearle Vision location and
 donate your old eyeglasses to Shared Sight(TM), Pearle Vision's eyeglass
 collection program.  It's that simple.  Pearle Vision and the Pearle Vision
 Foundation have partnered with New Eyes for the Needy over the last several
 years to provide eyeglasses to underprivileged people with vision needs
 throughout the world.
     As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, Pearle Vision is
 strengthening its commitment to this worthy cause.  Starting this May, special
 Shared Sight(TM) collection receptacles can be found in Pearle Vision stores
 nationwide.  Individuals and groups are encouraged to donate their old
 eyeglasses, reading glasses, sunglasses and prescription sunglasses to people
 who desperately need them.
     Pearle Vision collects the eyeglasses and sends them to New Eyes for the
 Needy, where they are recycled and distributed to charities, medical missions
 and hospitals in more than 30 countries around the world.  New Eyes for the
 Needy also assists underprivileged people in the U.S. by providing vouchers to
 be used to purchase new prescription eyeglasses.
     "Sometimes the only thing separating someone from seeing clearly or not
 seeing at all is a pair of eyeglasses," said Mauri Buchanan, president of New
 Eyes for the Needy.  "We are grateful to Pearle Vision and the Pearle Vision
 Foundation for their continued support of the organization."
     Since 1993, Pearle Vision and the Pearle Vision Foundation, a non-profit
 organization, have worked with New Eyes for the Needy to provide corrective
 eyewear to those in need.  The Pearle Vision Foundation recently awarded a
 $28,000 grant to New Eyes to aid in the purchase of new prescription eyewear
 for approximately 1,000 people across the U.S. through its eyeglass voucher
 program, bringing the total grants awarded to this organization by the
 Foundation to nearly $200,000.  In recent years, Pearle Vision stores have
 collected nearly 150,000 pairs of used eyeglasses for New Eyes for the Needy.
     "We're delighted to continue our partnership with New Eyes for the Needy
 and help people see more clearly," said Dr. Jeff Smith, Pearle Vision
 Foundation chairman.  "It's extremely gratifying to work with an organization
 that assists so many people worldwide and that truly makes a visible
 difference in their lives."
     New Eyes for the Needy, located in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a non-
 profit volunteer organization whose mission is to help provide better vision
 for underprivileged people throughout the world.  Since its inception in 1932,
 New Eyes has helped nearly six million visually impaired people in many
 foreign nations, as well as all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto
 Rico.
     For more information regarding Pearle Vision's Shared Sight(TM) eyeglass
 collection program, the Pearle Vision Foundation, or to locate the Pearle
 Vision store nearest you, visit www.pearlevision.com or call 1-800-YES-EYES.
 Pearle Vision is a subsidiary of Cleveland, Ohio-based Cole National, a
 $1 billion optical and gift retailer with a combined total of more than
 2,800 retail locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
 
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