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Business offers free glasses to kids after Thomas Fire stops its annual promotion

Eyeglass Factory ready for 1000 students

Free glasses are being offered for children with financial needs by the Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory to start the year. (John Palminteri/KEYT photo)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - An annual promotion in December for the Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory was canceled due to the Thomas Fire, but a free pair of glasses will now be offered to kids to start the year.

Eyeglass Factory owner Rick Feldman said he was heartbroken when he had to call off his 24th annual "Kids Day" event set for December. It is a medical checkup and eye test day, followed by a complimentary pair of glasses.

Feldman has decided to carry it over as a starter for 2018 without a special day of activities.  Instead, any student 18 and under with a financial need,  can come in for a free pair of glasses. "Walk into any one of our stores and get a free pair of glasses," said Feldman. "Don't have a prescription, no problem. The doctors there have agreed to do eye exams at half price for $30. and they are set.   You get an eye exam for $30 dollars and pair of glasses worth of up to $200. absolutely free and all they have to do is declare that there is a need."

The Eyeglass Factory has the promotion available at its stores in Santa Barbara, Ventura and in Camarillo.

Feldman said this started years ago when school nurses would tell him, some students could not see the chalkboard and they were falling behind on their assignments. With the store's promotion, Feldman says "the students can reach their maximum potential."

He is expecting to see far more kids than he does during the one-day promotion. "Normally we see 100-150 kids on Kids Day. We could see over 1000 kids over the next month."

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