Holiday Giving That Changes Lives
“We are blessed with the services Joshua has received from the Lighthouse. We have unlimited support from the team that works with him. The service we have is not only for our son, Joshua but it also educates us.”
Joshua’s mom, Ling
This is Joshua.
Joshua loves to learn. He is inquisitive, curious and constantly looking for the next challenge. And, like most first-graders, he enjoys school, playing with his friends and learning new games on his iPad. At seven years old, Joshua speaks two languages: English and Mandarin.
Joshua’s journey required every bit of his tenacity. At six months of age, Joshua’s parents learned he had Bilateral Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous (PHPV). Children with this rare disorder are born with a hazy, scarred vitreous in the normally clear jelly substance behind the eye’s lens. The hazy vitreous blocks light passing to the back of the eye causing significantly blurred vision.
“When we first learned that Joshua was nearly blind, we were overwhelmed, said Joshua’s mom, Ling. But his pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Hess, told us about Lighthouse of Pinellas right away. His teacher at the Lighthouse taught us how children who are visually impaired learn differently than children with sight. She gave us the confidence to raise him to believe that there are no limits to what he can do.”
Joshua started school on time, along with his friends of the same age, and you made that possible through your generous gifts in the past. As a supporter of Lighthouse of Pinellas, you understand the importance of children having the opportunity to be successful in school, adults earning a living through a fulfilling career or seniors enjoying activities that keep them active and vital. You help make so many good things happen for clients at the Lighthouse every day. And, here’s what your tax-deductible contribution can do now:
Contribute to crafts, educational toys and other teaching materials to help toddlers prepare to enter school with their sighted peers.
Sponsor Assistive Technology Training that helps adults or teens with vision impairment or blindness to use smart phones, tablets and computers to gain employment, complete school work and stay connected to the world around them.
Support Job Readiness Training to prepare adults or teens with vision impairment for meaningful employment.
Here at the Lighthouse, there are no limitations. Because of your help and other people like you, Joshua is well on his way to gaining the skills and self-confidence he will need to graduate from college and enjoy a fulfilling career. I hope you will continue your commitment to those who are visually impaired or blind by making a generous gift today. Whatever gift you make, you will ensure a bright future for all of our clients, tomorrow.
We wish you and your family a very joyous holiday season and a new year filled with promise and prosperity.
With much gratitude,