The Hudson Group has taken all of the excess stock deriving from changed vendors for its sunglasses and readers and donated it to New Eyes for the Needy – a charitable organization that recycles donated
glasses for distribution to poor children and adults in developing countries.
This generous gesture includes redundant stock from all of the company's Hudson News locations across the US and all of the remaining inventory from its many New York and New Jersey airport, bus and rail terminal stores.Tens of thousands of pairs of sunglasses and readers, worth over $1m at retail have now been delivered to New Eyes from Hudson's Newark Liberty International Airport warehouse in mid-March.
‘Hudson was delighted to be in a position to aid this outstanding organization in the marvelous work they do around the world,’ said Joseph DiDomizio, President & CEO of Hudson Group. ‘We also provided glasses to local chapters of Lions Club International across the United States, which conducts a similar mission to improve vision of needy people in the United States and abroad.’
Most of Hudson Group's donated glasses will travel to countries such as Ghana, Honduras, India, South Africa and St. Marten in the hands of medical missions that partner with New Eyes to provide glasses to people who live in poverty and have no means of obtaining glasses on their own.
New Eyes also works with large charities such as Feed The Children, Physicians for Peace and the Tree-Land Foundation to provide glasses for eye clinics in developing countries.
‘This incredible donation from the Hudson Group will help New Eyes to answer 100% of the requests for glasses we'll receive from medical missions this year,’ explained Susan Dyckman, Executive Director of New Eyes. ‘We are very grateful to the Hudson Group for this generous humanitarian gesture that will make a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of poor people around the world, by allowing them to see clearly so that they can work and attend school, as well as protect their eyes from the harsh sun.’
New Eyes also purchases new prescription glasses for indigent residents of the US through a nationwide network of optical dispensers using a voucher system. For more information about New Eyes, visit www.neweyesfortheneedy.org.