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WTSP: Charities happy to see Brandon Walmart reopen

WTSP: Charities happy to see Brandon Walmart reopen

Eric Glasser, WTSP

Brandon, FL — After seven months of repairs and remodeling the Walmart store in Brandon was back in business Friday, and while workers and customers were relieved to see the location reopen its doors, some local charities may be among the most excited.

“I’m excited,” said customer Evelyn Roman, especially glad, because the store is walking distance from her Brandon home. (more…)

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ECHO Partners with Prevent Blindness Florida

Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) is teaming up with Prevent Blindness Florida help those in need see a brighter tomorrow.With the help of the Allegheny Franciscan Ministries grant, Prevent Blindness Florida is able to work with ECHO in providing this screening in Brandon.

Kathy Collins, who started out as a volunteer, is now the event coordinator for ECHO. She was happy to shed light on why teaming up with Prevent Blindness was a good fit.
“It fits within our mission is trying to help people to get themselves out of their problems that they may have. If they can’t see, then they can’t look for jobs — so if they need glasses, it was a good thing for us to get involved with.”

Prevent Blindness Florida gives around three hundred free vision screenings each year helping between six and seven thousand people. Adults and children are provided with a visual acuity test to see a glasses may be needed. If so, they can apply for about a voucher the provides them with an eye exam and glasses, free of charge.

Jennifer Whittington, the program manager with Prevent Blindness Florida, explains that even though the free vision screening is open to anyone, there are guidelines for getting the voucher for a free eye exam and glasses.

“As far as the criteria for the examination and glasses, we do go by a two hundred percent of poverty guidelines. They would have to qualify financially, as well as the not having insurance that covers vision already — like medicaid, medicare, or private insurance.

This is the first time Prevent Blindness Florida worked with ECHO for vision screenings, both organizations look forward to working together in the future.

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