January 16, 2017: Honoring MLK’s Memory by Offering Free Services to Children in South LA

January 17, 2017
January 16, 2017
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Honoring MLK’s Memory by Offering Free Services to Children in South LA

Dozens of families get vision exams and eyeglasses after MLK Parade
Los Angeles, CA — Carrying a banner announcing the availability of free vision exams for children who needed them at the end of
Monday’s 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom Day Parade through South Los Angeles’s Crenshaw neighborhood, Senator  Holly J. Mitchell  walked the length of the parade route and found herself at the community festival surrounded with families eager for the chance to get vision care and vision ware for their kids on the spot. Children from 75 families received professional optical attention on a first-come-first-served basis.
“Dr. King exercised leadership by meeting human needs,” said Senator Mitchell, whose 30th Senate District represents some of the most under-served communities in California. “We honor his memory and follow his example when we serve the least among us, so today children in this community were sent away with a brighter, clearer view of the world around them.”
The eye exams, prescriptions, eyeglasses and labor were donated by the local non-profit Vision to Learn for three hours, operating out of their mobile unit during the post-parade festival in Leimert Park.
Walkers who joined Senator Mitchell’s march and handed out fliers to the crowd urging them to bring their children to Vision to Learn’s booth for the free services  were volunteers from Shields for Families, Planned Parenthood, The Right Way Foundation, and the Children’s Ministry
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