Group Helps C. Oregon Children See Clearly

Children's Vision Foundation Holds Fund-Raiser

POSTED: 11:33 PM PDT September 7, 2011    UPDATED: 8:18 AM PDT July 24, 2011 
BEND, Ore. -

As a child, it's difficult to know if what you're seeing is what everyone else is seeing -- and that's where the Children's Vision Foundation comes in.

The Bend-based nonprofit held a garage sale fundraiser this weekend -- offering kids free eye screening and hundreds of items for sale.

One in five kids have vision problems, something that can hurt their quality of life and academics and go overlooked for a variety of reasons.

And that's something the foundation hopes to change, Director Julie Bibler said Sunday.

"It's fun to pick up on kids that all of a sudden can see clearly," Bibler said. "And they look around and go, 'Wow! look at this, there's leaves on that tree! There's a mountain out there, I didn't even know!' So actually by providing this service, we're helping thousands of children throughout Central and Eastern Oregon."

While NewsChannel 21 was there, a Vancouver, Wash., family had their young son's eyesight tested. The mother said afterwards, thanking the foundation, "I could have never afforded this otherwise."

The fund-raiser will start back up next weekend in the Bend Factory Stores.

You can get your kids vision tested for free and pick up garage sale goods from bikes and clothes to china and furniture. You can also deliver anything you'd like to donate.

Bibler said dozens of people have come by, dropping off as much as they pick up.