You can be the hit of the party!

Written by Admin, published on March 29, 2016 Donate Today
For his last two birthdays, Rourke (now 8 years old) asked his friends for toonies instead of presents. He raised $50 for Operation Eyesight at his Star Wars-themed party last year, and we can’t wait to hear how much fun his roller-skating party was this year. Thanks Rourke!

When my kids were younger, it seemed like as soon as spring rolled around, we had a birthday party to go to every weekend. It was difficult to find time to shop for presents between work and running the kids around. And even when I did manage to slip out to the mall, it was hard to find that perfect gift for a child who probably already had more than enough Lego and colouring books, or an adult who likely had everything they needed.

Fortunately, Operation Eyesight can help take the stress and guesswork out of gift shopping. Have you ever heard of a tribute gift? It’s when you make a charitable donation in the name of a friend or family member. It’s a unique way to celebrate someone’s birthday (or other occasion) while at the same time help someone in need.

When you give a tribute gift to Operation Eyesight, you can request to have a greeting card or eCard sent directly to the recipient. Or, you can choose to have the card mailed to you so you can give it in-person or attach it to a smaller present.

A personalized card and a bottle of nail polish is a nice gift idea for a tween sleepover party. And a tribute gift goes great with a bottle of champagne for those milestone birthdays. Browse our Gift Guide to find the perfect virtual gift today!

If you’re hosting a party yourself, consider asking guests to make a donation to Operation Eyesight in lieu of gifts. It’s easy to create a fundraising page online or collect donations when guests arrive. Check out our Fundraising Toolkit to get started, or contact us toll-free at 1-800-585-8265 for more information.

Spring may be a busy time of year, but with a little help from Operation Eyesight, you can be a hit at all those parties. And best of all, you’ll be giving others the greatest gift of all: their vision! Thank you for your support.

Last summer, Dr. Mathew Zachariah (left) stopped by our Calgary office to drop off a donation and chat with our executive director, Brian Foster (right). Mathew had just celebrated his 80th birthday with family and friends and, in lieu of gifts, he collected donations on our behalf. He and his wife, Sara, have been supporting Operation Eyesight since 1988. Thank you both for your generous support!