Last year Cathy and I had a difficult time deciding on where to place our charitable donation. We usually wait until the end of the year as we donate 10% of our annual income from this blog and our sister site www.opticalvisionresources.com. However, with so many of our optical friends and associates directly affected by Hurricane Sandy, we have already donated 5% of our 2012 income to Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts via The Salvation Army.
We know that many homes and businesses have been totally destroyed and even more are still suffering with major damage and service issues. This is what we know from a few of our sponsors and Facebook friends as far as their status and relief:
NJ Society of Optometric Physicians: Optometrists from around the state are reaching out to help NJSOP members who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy. We’ve dedicated a portion of our website to make known the assistance and support available.
Jared Buchansky, eyewear representative for Matsuda based in El Segundo, Calif. has had ongoing relief efforts since seeing the impact of the storm on the Staten Island community. Jared Buchansky can be reached at email@example.com. Cathy is sending Jared some of her personal eyewear.
ClearVision Optical: “As many of you know, Long Island, our home, was recently affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our amazing employees worked hard to restore our operations, and we were open for business within 48 hours after the storm. This was particularly challenging, considering over 90% of the surrounding area was without power. In true ClearVision spirit, we were determined to provide support to our customers and associates.Our thoughts and prayers go out those affected by the super storm. While we can’t replace what was lost, we’ll do our best to help our community recover, rebuild, and overcome. On behalf of the entire ClearVision family, we’d like to thank those who supported us as we, our families and our community continue to recover. ClearVision Optical is proud to donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.”
Legre Eyewear: Our office and warehouse got badly damaged during hurricane Sandy. We are in the process of rebuilding Our office is operational. We are open our normal business hours 10-6 EST. Toll free customer service number 800-747-3840
Santinelli International: As you may know, our home office is located on Long Island, New York, and therefore, we were in the path of Hurricane Sandy. We truly appreciate your thoughts and prayers during the storm but we are pleased to announce Santinelli International is indeed up and running and ready to help you with any Sales, Technical Support, or Administrative assistance you may need. Santinelli International is donating $500 for each lens edger sold throughout the month of November to the Red Cross Disaster Relief program. In addition, the company and its associates are banding together, collecting donations to aid in the hurricane relief efforts.
Switch Eyewear: Friends, our offices were impacted by the storm. Thoughts and prayers to all in the region.
Victory Optical: Due to Hurricane Sandy and the devastating aftermath we are without or with limited power,water,mobile,phone and internet service. Travel by automobile is limited as well due to gasoline shortages. As a result there will be delays in Eagle Eyewear, Victory Optical and W. Marfuggi receiving and sending emails. We will do our best to reply to all communications and continue to provide service. These conditions can continue for weeks.
OneSight Vision Van was New Jersey this weekend to provide expanded Hurricane relief! OneSight has been working closely with the Red Cross to determine the first location to expand our Hurricane Relief efforts. OneSight’s “EyeLeen” Vision Van went to support victims currently housed at a Red Cross shelter in Oceanport providing vision screenings, full exams, new eyewear and sunglasses to Hurricane victims.