CÁRITAS Parroquial have signed an agreement with Specsavers Ópticas in Javea for the optician to donate one pair of glasses per month to their charity. Cáritas will select someone each month who needs glasses but cannot afford them and send them to the store.
They will then undergo a comprehensive eye test to check that their eyes are healthy, find out what prescription they need and then they can choose a pair of frames. The glasses will then be made according to their prescription and the glasses will be given to them, completely free of charge.
Cáritas Parroquial currently helps over 120 families in Javea by providing them with food each month and helping them with their individual needs. They also run workshops to help people learn the skills they need to find work and have a housing estate where people can learn the skills to grow their own food and feed their families fresh, healthy produce. .
Many of these families need glasses, but it is a big investment that many of them cannot afford. However, thanks to this new agreement, families will be able to receive the glasses they need.
Store Manager Cecilia Navarro explains: “Since taking over as Store Manager in February, I have been looking for ways to help our community and have learned about all the families in Javea that Caritas supports. . They give them food and support them in different ways, but they don’t have access to free optical care.
We already offer free eye tests, to make sure everyone can get their eye health checked, but be aware that for families struggling financially, a pair of glasses can be very hard to afford. If you have poor eyesight, it further restricts your job opportunities and may prevent you from going to school.
It’s the last thing these families need, which is why we’ve pledged to donate a pair of glasses to Caritas every month and allow them to allocate them to the people who need them most at that time. . We hope this will make things a little easier for these families and we look forward to working with Caritas for a long time to come.
María José Costa, representative of Cáritas Parroquial Xabia, added: “Thanks to the generous initiative of Specsavers Ópticas, we are able to help those who need it most, from visually impaired school children to women who need glasses to be able to to sew. Thanks a lot.’
Learn more about Cáritas and the incredible work they do on their website www.caritas.es
Specsavers Ópticas in Javea also raises funds for the Ukrainian Red Cross campaign and APAD (Asociación Protectora de Animales de Denia). You can donate in store at Avenida Del Pla 125, Edificio Caribe, Local 6, Jávea – just off the Carretera Cabo la Nao-Pla, near Servicolor. Visit www.specsavers.es to find out more.