Jake Gyllenhaal, the star of the recent time travel thriller, Source Code, is also an advocate of donating old eyeglasses to good causes. The actor made an appearance late last month at a fundraiser for eyeglass donation at the La Pomme nightclub in New York City. He told the crowd that he has poor eyesight, and he tends to wear contact lenses rather than designer glasses, except when he “has to look smart.”
Gyllenhaal also spoke movingly about an exchange he had with his grandfather as a young boy in which he was persuaded to donate his old eyeglasses to charity. “At first I said ‘no way’ but… have since learned the error of my ways… When I wake up all I see are colors and fuzzy things because my eyesight is so bad. I can’t imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have the resources to be able to see clearly.”
The charity that Gyllenhaal was speaking for, New Eyes for the Needy, donates the glasses to low-income children and adults in the United States. Many other charities have similar donation and collection programs for old eyeglasses, and you can see some examples here. It’s both an environmentally friendly and a socially conscious decision.