Giving so that others may see the sunset

Written by Admin, published on October 4, 2016 Donate Today
Yvonne (left) and Peggy (right) selling their homemade cards in the lobby of their retirement home.

I hope all of our Canadian friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving this weekend! As you tuck into turkey dinner, I expect you’ll have a chance to reflect on all of the things you’re thankful for. There’s one precious gift we at Operation Eyesight are particularly thankful for: our donors.

Every day, we’re reminded of the incredible group of supporters who have been by our side since the very beginning. Today I’d like to tell you a story about two of those supporters.   

Last April, there was an amazing sunset over Langley, BC – so breathtaking that 83-year-old Yvonne Maddocks took photos from her balcony at Harrison Pointe retirement home. A few balconies down, 98-year-old Peggy McGregor was watching the same sunset and was inspired to write a poem.

The next day, the two ladies put the poem and photo together to produce a beautiful card, which they displayed in the lobby of their building. They received so many requests for their creation that they decided to sell the cards in support of Operation Eyesight. They raised an incredible $550!

The beautiful Pacific sunset that Yvonne and Peggy watched from their balconies.
The beautiful Pacific sunset that Yvonne and Peggy watched from their balconies.

“Had Yvonne and I not had our eyesight, we never would have seen that beautiful sunset,” says Peggy. “Perhaps we can help others to have that gift.”

Thank you, Yvonne and Peggy, for giving the gift of sight in such a unique way! And special thanks to Peggy’s son, Jim, for sharing this wonderful story with us. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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