December 17th, The DIFF Team volunteered at A Place Called Home, donating 3,000 glasses to the children of Los Angeles.
A Place Called Home (APCH) is located in the heart of South Central, an area that approximately 44% of children are living in poverty. They provide kids in the area with a safe place to go after school, weekends, and throughout the summer. APCH's caring staff and volunteers provide counseling, mentorship, and tutoring to help the students excel. APCH's Mission: "to help the underprivileged youth take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world."
A Place Called Home had an event called "Home For The Holidays", in which kids and their families came to receive gifts and other goods. The DIFF Team volunteered and had so much fun giving out thousands of glasses!
DIFF Eyewear and beloved bachelorette, Joelle Fletcher, have partnered with the Melanoma Research Foundation's CURE OM (Ocular Melanoma) Initiative to help raise awareness and fund research towards finding a cure.
If you would like to help us make a DIFFerence, you can donate here to help fund research towards a cure:
Every day through November 29th (Giving Tuesday) we will be sharing stories on our Facebook page written by OM patients and their loved ones.
AND for every pair of the DIFF X JOJO Frames sold:
We will be donating one dollar towards finding a CURE 💕
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)—is the largest independent melanoma organization in the country and the CURE OM initiative is under the umbrella of the MRF that focuses solely on Ocular Melanoma.
CURE OM mission—to increase support of research, accelerate development of effective treatments, and, ultimately, a cure for ocular melanoma, as well as increase education, support, and advocacy for the OM community.
Today, The DIFF Team honors our Veterans and our country.
One beautiful aspect of America is how much pride and love people have in being an American. With a controversial Election Day taking place a few short days ago, it is important to remember the people who have fought for our country. People that fought so you, me, and our families have a safe place to call home.
A few months ago we were introduced to the founder of Jezreel International, Barry Feinman. Jezreel International is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization that provides materials and needed resources to over 40 different countries around the world, including the US. In 2014, Barry and his team developed the Veterans Miracle Center, located in Albany, New York. This retail store provides Veterans, Active Military, and their families with resources such as clothes, beds, shoes, GLASSES - absolutely free.
Barry works with different companies all over the country to get these materials and provide them to our Veterans. We wanted to help.
Barry (left) and Jim, an Air Force Veteran (right).
In honor of our Veterans, we donated 10,000 pairs of reading glasses to Jezreel International's Veterans Miracle Center. HAPPY VETERANS DAY!
Thank you Veterans and all of those that are still active in duty. Thank you for all that you do.
Also, thank you Restoringvision.org for helping coordinate the donation and connecting us to Jezreel International. Thank you Barry for all that you do.
& last but not least, Thank YOU! - Without all of your support, none of this would be possible.
Through all the chaos and confusion this Election has created, now more than ever we need to spread love and support each other.
"What I'm trying to say is that we have so much in common, our differences actually make us stronger," she said. "We need to have the kindness and respect for one another." - Ellen Degeneres
We love you.
- DIFF Family
If you would like to learn more or make a donation visit:
The first round of the Sabo Project was such a beautiful success.
Thanks to all of you, we SOLD OUT of the pouches within the first month and put 100% of the proceeds towards developing the Little Angels Primary School. Kelsey explained to us that an administration office was number one priority, because a school isn't considered to be "official" until there is a real office building for the Head Teacher and the Deputy Head Teacher to work out of. These offices are where Parent-Teacher conferences take place and where the student "guidance and counseling" sessions are held. Before the administration office was built, the teachers were functioning out of a small space in the back of the compound.
Second, we were able to purchase new, clean jerseys for the Little Angels girls and boys sports teams. Since sports are such an important aspect of the African culture, as they are all over the world, these fresh new uniforms were an indescribable gift to the students. These kids were told two weeks before competitions that they weren't going to be allowed to compete this year because they didn't have "official" uniforms like all the other teams. So Kennedy (the head deputy and founder of Little Angels) traveled for seventeen hours over three days, to get uniforms from the capital and return in time for the games. The kids played their hearts out and the boys got third in the division and the girls got second - plus, they looked sharper than the rest in their new get-ups.
The Sabo Project is a spectacular program that impacts the community in such a positive way. As previously mentioned, Little Angels Primary School is one of the first in Africa that does not enforce corporal punishment on the student body. From the DIFF Team here at home, our friend Kelsey Sabo, the Deputy Teacher Kennedy, the group of tailors that make the pouches, and all of the students and parents at Little Angels, we thank you.
Kelsey shared these pictures with us and wrote a message for all of you:
" It may only seem like a building and some uniforms but this first round of the Sabo Project has had an insurmountable impact in the community. A fire has been lit in the parents, pupils, school owner, admin, and myself to improve this school and that when we invest our time, energy, and love into it, success will come. So thank you to all who purchased pouches or encourage your friends to, look at what you helped do!!
Our second round of pouches look even better, and will help us achieve the next three priorities of Little Angels Primary and Nursery School: electricity, security (lockable doors and windows), and library goodness (construction, stocking with books, and making shelves)!!! Keep up the love and support and let's keep making this school great!!"
Below is a picture of Kelsey and Kennedy sending out the next round of pouches. Can't wait to share them with all of you!
Here at DIFF, we are always looking for ways to give, ways to help others and enrich communities. The Delta Gamma Foundation has similar values. We've built a relationship with this foundation and now the DUKE chapter has joined our fight.
So how does this partnership work?
The Delta Gamma Philanthropy is committed to "Do Good" in their communities. They have developed charities internally through a program called Service for Sight , which partners with other organizations to aid blindness and vision impairment all over the world.
With the Duke chapter and the overall partnership with the Delta Gamma Foundation, DIFF has the opportunity to donate thousands of glasses domestically. DG Duke volunteers with their Local Lions Club to provide eye exams to people of North Carolina that normally could not afford the service themselves. We work with them to make sure they receive the care and reading glasses needed.
For more information on how to help, Check out Delta Gamma's website. And, of course, stay tuned here.