Eyecare About Reading Book Drive

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80% of what we learn is through our eyes and an astonishing one in four children have an undetected vision problem.

Approximately 20% of school-aged children struggle to read.  A large portion of these children have vision problems that interfere with their ability to read.

10% percent of school-aged children have eye teaming problems, which causes visual strain and words to appear blurred or scrambled.

While it’s recommended that children get an annual eye exam every year once they start kindergarten, it has been reported that more than 76% of American children under the age of five have never received a comprehensive eye exam.

How the Book Drive works: 

For every three books donated in the competition (either through the bloggers or online), VSP will donate one free eye exam (and, if needed, glasses fitted with Transitions lenses) to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for children without access to these services. VSP will provide up to 5,500 free eye exams in total for the campaign, a value of more than $2,000,000.

If Atlanta collects the most books Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will receive an additional 100 free eye exams (and glasses with Transitions lenses), as well as a special visit from Bess the Book Bus and the VSP/Transitions Optical Mobile Eyes clinic nicknamed  Eyenstein. 

“Increasing access to quality eyecare is a priority for VSP,” said Connie Vavricek, director of industry outreach at VSP Vision Care. “To partner with organizations such as Transitions Optical and Bess the Book Bus, who share our passion to give back, increases the collective reach to make a positive impact on the life of a child.”

How to participate: 

The book drive will be from July 17-August 22.

Metro Atlanta residents  will be able to donate their new (for the safety of patients) books* at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Urgent Care Centers listed below. Hours of operation for the centers is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9a.m. to 9p.m. on weekends.

*Books must be in NEW condition for the safety and health of Children’s patients.  If you are interested in donating your used books please see my note below.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Urgent Care Centers

Children’s at Mount Zion (through Friday 27th and Hudson Bridge location opens August 1)

Attn: Lisa Gaither

2201 Mount Zion Pkwy

Morrow, GA 30260-3312



Children’s at North Point

Attn: Rose Weber

3795 Mansell Road

Alpharetta, GA 30022-8247



Children’s at Satellite Boulevard

Attn: Katina Artis

2660 Satellite Boulevard

Duluth, GA 30096-5803



Children’s at Town Center

Attn: Dana Hunter Tatum

2985 George Busbee Parkway

Kennesaw, GA 30144-6812



Children’s at Forsyth

Attn: Roshonda Gideon

410 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 300

Cumming, GA 30041-7407


If you live outside of these areas, visit  www.Facebook.com/VSPVisionCare, select the Book Drive Tab and make a “promise” to protect your eyes. For every promise received, Transitions Optical will donate one free book to Bess the Book Bus.

*If you have a large collection of used books that you would like to donate please email me I can coordinate a time to pick them up for the book drive. meghan at jamonkey dot com 

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