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Fourteen staff doctors will accompany 127 SCO students to eight international locations in May 2013 to take eye and vision care to impoverished patients around the globe.
Representing SVOSH - the student chapter to Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity - SCO's team of volunteers will travel May 5-9, 2013 to the following countries:
The same week, 24 students and two staff doctors representing SCO's Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO) chapter will also travel to Belize to provide eye care.
"We see approximately 1,000 patients on each trip for a total of around 8,000 patients," said Tina Grosshans, SVOSH President. "We provide free eye examinations and distribute glasses and sunglasses to the patients we see. We also make referrals for those that need further care or medications."
The public can help these volunteers make a positive impact through donations of any types of prescription or reading glasses in usable condition, as well as non-prescription sunglasses.
Donations of glasses can be mailed to:
SVOSH or FCO, c/o SCO
1245 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
SVOSH also relies on monetary donations to help student volunteers fund their trips. SCO's student members actively travel around the Mid-South to make presentations about their work to Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, or anyone interested in helping people in need, so contact SVOSH if your organization would like to schedule a guest speaker.
Visit the SVOSH chapter's website to learn more about this organization's outstanding work abroad.
"Every year FCO performs similar trips and could also use support from SCO alumni who wish to donate," says FCO's Kim Mitchell.