This holiday season, your Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation’s (OLSHF) annual appeal is featuring a letter from our very own youth spokesperson, Ella Osborne. Together, we are determined to provide essential sight and hearing saving program support for all adults and children in need. OLSHF can only accomplish our goals with your support. Your financial gift of any size is urgently needed. Securely donate online, on mobile (text “HolidayGift” to #91999), or contact our office for help. Thank YOU!
Hi! My name is Ella Osborne, I’m 9 years old, and I hope that you and your family have a Happy Holiday Season. My family loves everything about the Holidays: The pretty ornaments and wrapped packages, the smiles on everyone’s faces and seeing all the beautiful lights and displays…oh, and especially hoping it will snow!
I’m lucky to be able to see these things since I was born with a cataract and amblyopia – which some people call a lazy eye. I’m really lucky that my vision issues were caught early and my family was able to provide me the help I needed. Some kids aren’t so lucky.
That’s why I’ve teamed up with the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation to help kids that need support with vision screening, eye exams, and new eyeglasses. In addition to my own fundraising every May, the Vision Fun Run, I’ve testified at the Oregon Legislature to pass SB 187, which now provides some funding for vision screening in Oregon schools. That was a blast!
Will you join me in helping kids like Jack, a 7-year old that OLSHF recently screened? Jack’s Mom said “My son has trouble with sensory directions…the handheld cameras are the best ever. Early testing can really impact kid’s learning levels.”
When you support the Foundation you are also ensuring Lions have the funding to make eyeglasses for kids. The LEAP Lab staff even let me edge a pair of glasses!
Your support reaches kids with special needs, kids like Richard, who is only 5 years old. Normal glasses didn’t work very well for Richard because he could hurt himself but the LEAP Lab staff found a flexible plastic frame that was safe for Richard. His Mom told us “with his enhanced vision and new eyeglasses Richard is happier and doing well.
“Your support of the Foundation also helps grown-ups like Pamela. “As a kid, I would get accused of cheating in school because a friend would show me what was on the paper so I could see what the other kids were learning. It was terrifying to be sent to the Principals office as if I had done something wrong when actually I just couldn’t see. Thanks to the Lions, I now have the confidence and ability to safely move around. Now I can actually see.”
Did I mention that I hope it will snow during the holidays? Just like no two snowflakes are alike, no two kids are alike either. We’re all different and some of us need more help than others. Will you join in this cause with me to bring hope to kids during the holidays?