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June 28, 2017

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Join Us for the Experience of a Lifetime!

After traveling to India, Mexico and Guyana to host eye care clinics and help people in need, Dana and I realized it's time to share this incredible, life changing experience with our fans!! We are very excited to announce that time has officially come!

We have teamed up with two awesome brands, Live A Great Story and The Greatness Foundation to host the Live + Give(Away) Adventure. By entering, you have the chance to win the following:

+ Roundtrip airfare for you and your best bud to San Diego, CA 
+ Road trip with the Founders of three world changing brands 
+ Volunteer at an eye care clinic and help change lives 
One night stay at a resort in Guadalupe Valley 
+ Two night stay in San Quintin, BC, Mexico 
+ Receive SOLO Eyewear + Live A Great Story Swag

 
The Live + Give (Away) Adventure will take place August 10-13.

You can Enter Here and complete the three step process.

See the rules, terms and conditions below for additional information. 

OFFICIAL RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN; A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE ODDS OF WINNING.

BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, YOU AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH GOVERN YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES, AND TO RECEIVE MARKETING MATERIALS FROM SOLO EYEWEAR ("SPONSOR"), LIVE A GREAT STORY, AND THE GREATNESS FOUNDATION (THE "SWEEPSTAKES PARTNERS"). YOU ALSO REPRESENT THAT YOU MEET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS BELOW.

The Sweepstakes is sponsored by SOLO Eyewear located at 4490 Fanuel St. Suite 203 San Diego, CA 92109. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law, or where bonding, registration, or other requirements have not been met. Decisions of Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. 

  1. Eligibility Requirements: The Sweepstakes is open to individuals legally residing in the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, aged 18 or over, who meet their jurisdiction's minimum age requirement. Sponsor's and Sweepstakes Partners' employees and agents, and other persons professionally associated with the Sweepstakes, including each of their immediate family and household members, are not eligible. Winner(s) may be required to furnish proof of identity, address, and age to receive a prize.
  2. Sweepstakes Period: the Sweepstakes begins on Wednesday, June 28th at 12:00 PM Pacific Time and ends on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (the "Sweepstakes Period"). Entries received prior to or following the Sweepstakes Period will be disqualified. The Sponsor's computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes. 
  3. Entry: To enter the Sweepstakes, visit https://www.live-give-signup-form.kickoffpages.com and complete the following steps during the Sweepstakes Period:
  4. Once submitting an email, each candidate will be prompted via email to complete the following steps:
    a. Verify Email
    b. Complete Questionnaire
    c. Final Email Verification
  5. Odds: Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
  6. Entry Limit: Limit one (1) entry per person, per email account. You may receive additional entries based on the number of successful referrals who were secured via your unique link and completed the three steps to enter the sweepstakes. You may not use multiple means of entry (e.g., multiple email accounts or multiple social media accounts) to circumvent the entry limit.
  7. Prize(s): One (1) confirmed winner will select one (1) guest who meets eligibility requirements to accompany him/her and receive a trip to San Diego, CA ("Destination City"), which may include round-trip air or train transportation to Destination City, (b) transportation from San Diego, CA to San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico with the founders of SOLO Eyewear and Live A Great Story (c) one (1) night hotel stay in Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico, (d) two (2) night hotel stay at Hotel Mision Santa Maria in San Quintin, BC, Mexico (e) one (1) complimentary dinner during the trip (f) a SOLO Eyewear and Live A Great Story gift bag with sunglasses and t-shirts. Prizes delivered via post must be delivered to a valid U.S. address.

Approximate Retail Value ("ARV"): Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2500) USD. The ARV represents Sponsor's good-faith determination of the approximate retail value of the prize in U.S. dollars, and may differ from the actual fair market value. The actual fair market value is determined by Sponsor, is final and binding, and may not be challenged or appealed. If the ARV of a prize exceeds the actual fair market value of the prize, the difference will not be awarded to winner in cash or otherwise.

Winner and any guest of winner must travel on the same itinerary, on the dates designated by Sponsor, and must possess valid identification and all necessary documents for travel. Winner will not be awarded additional compensation if winner travels without an eligible guest. Guests must be aged 18 or over; eligibility is determined in Sponsor's sole discretion. 

Air transportation and hotel accommodations must be taken together. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen tickets, travel vouchers, or certificates once delivered to winner (or winner's guest). Prize-related travel may be subject to capacity controls, availability, blackout dates, and other restrictions, which may include a Saturday night stay, all of which are subject to change.

Prize details not specifically described are at Sponsor's sole discretion. The Prize excludes, and winner is solely responsible for, any costs or fees incurred by winner or winner's guest during Prize-related travel that are not specified in the Official Rules as part of the Prize, including but not limited to: airport transportation, taxis, ride share services, meals, beverages, excursions, processing fees, tips, taxes, and insurance.
Gift cards, certificates, credits, or coupons (the "Gift Card") values are less any applicable activation, transaction, or maintenance fees and subject to the terms, conditions, and restrictions disclosed on the Gift Card, including any stated expiration dates. Sponsor is not responsible for, and will not replace, any lost, stolen, destroyed, or expired Gift Cards, or Gift Cards used without winner's permission. VISA ® entities have not sponsored this Sweepstakes in any way. 

There is no cash alternative for the Prize, in whole or in part. The Prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable. No compensation, refunds, or alternatives will be offered due to a winner's inability to attend, claim, or use the Prize. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any Prize. In no event shall the Sponsor be obligated to award more prizes than the number of Prize(s) stated in these Official Rules.

If winner and/or winner's guest engages or has engaged in behavior that is obnoxious, threatening, disruptive, inappropriate, illegal, or acts with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify winner and to immediately terminate any outstanding portion of the Prize without further compensation.

  1. Winner Selection: Sponsor will use a computer-generated randomizer to select one (1) winner(s) from the entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. If there is a dispute regarding the identity of the winner, the registered account holder of the email account used to submit the winning entry will be deemed the winner, subject to such owner's compliance with the Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to deliver Prize(s) to the email or mailing address supplied by the winner at the time of entry
  2. Winner Notification and Acceptance Requirements: Sponsor will contact winner(s) by email to enter. Sponsor is not liable for a winner's failure or inability to receive communications sent by Sponsor to the contact information provided. To receive the Prize, the winner must: (a) respond to Sponsor within three (3) business days of initial contact to confirm eligibility; and (b) sign and return an affidavit or declaration of eligibility, IRS Form W-9 (if requested), and liability and publicity release (together, "Winner Paperwork") to Sponsor within three (3) business days of Sponsor's delivery. 

A winner may be disqualified for: failure to timely respond to Sponsor's notification, failure to timely complete and return the Winner Paperwork, failure to meet the Eligibility Requirements at the time of entry, failure to comply with the Official Rules, and/or failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations, each as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion. All winner privileges shall immediately terminate upon disqualification. If a winner is disqualified, Sponsor may select an alternative winner (up to a maximum of two alternates). No alternate winner will be drawn if a Prize is time-sensitive. 

Normal time, toll, connection, and usage rates charged by your Internet Service Provider may apply. Winner(s) are responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes on the value of the Prize. Winner(s) may receive from an IRS form 1099-MISC at the end of the calendar year, a copy of which form will also be filed with the Internal Revenue Service. 

Unless prohibited by applicable law, winner's acceptance of a Prize constitutes winner's irrevocable permission for Sponsor and each Sweepstakes Partner to use winner's name, address, biographical information, likeness, and testimonial for advertising or publicity purposes regarding the Sweepstakes, on a worldwide basis and in all forms of media known or unknown, without further compensation. 

  1. General Terms: Sponsor may disqualify any individual or void any entry if the entrant corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. This includes, for example, the use of computer 'script,' 'macro,' or 'brute force,' masking identities by manipulating IP addresses, or using any automated means to enter the Sweepstakes.

Sponsor may disqualify any individual or void any entry if the entrant uses a username or email address that belongs to or is already being used by another person, whether actual or fictitious, that may be interpreted as impersonating another person, or violating the rights of any person.
Incomplete, illegal, misdirected, untimely, or invalid entries will not be accepted. Proof of sending is not proof of delivery. Releasees (defined below) take no responsibility for delayed, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, misdirected, damaged, or lost entries due to technical reasons or otherwise.

If the Sweepstakes cannot be run or be administered as planned, for reasons outside of Sponsor's control, Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes (subject to any written directions given under applicable law) by posting a notice on the Sweepstakes entry page. Sponsor further reserves the right to modify, cancel, or suspend the Sweepstakes if Sponsor believes doing so is necessary to maintain the integrity of the Sweepstakes or fairness to entrants. Sponsor will not be liable for a delay or failure to perform its obligations if caused by an act, omission, event, or circumstance beyond Sponsor's reasonable control.

This Sweepstakes is governed by California law. By entering, you irrevocably consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in San Diego, California for any dispute arising from or relating to this Sweepstakes.

  1. Privacy: By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree that Sponsor may use the personal information you provide through your entry in accordance with Sponsor's privacy policy (www.soloeyewear.com/privacy). You also agree that Sponsor may share such personal information with the Sweepstakes Partners, for solicitation, marketing, or other business or promotional purposes, as permitted by such Sweepstakes Partner's privacy policies.

You may unsubscribe from any email communication by clicking the "unsubscribe" (or similar) link at the bottom of any marketing email sent from Sponsor or a Sweepstakes Partner, or by contacting such entity directly.

Risks; Warranties; Release of Claims: Your participation in the Sweepstakes is at your own risk. Releasees do not make, and hereby disclaim, all implied warranties of any kind relating to the Prize, including warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, merchantability, and non-infringement, or any representations regarding the function or operation of the Prize. 

By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree to release and hold Sponsor, each Sweepstakes Partner, and each of their subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors (collectively, the "Releasees") harmless from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage directly or indirectly relating to (i) the provision, hosting, sponsorship, administration, suspension, or cancellation of the Sweepstakes, (ii) a person's ability or inability to enter or participate in the Sweepstakes, including those arising from technical failures, third-party telecommunication outages, or other force majeure events, (iii) any determination of disqualification or other decision made by Sponsor in its sole discretion, (iv) your ability to win, claim, or use a Prize, or to otherwise participate in any activity relating to the Sweepstakes, (v) the Prize itself, or your use or misuse of a Prize, and/or (vi) electronic or human error, or events arising from the simple negligence of one or more Releasees. 

You further agree to expressly and forever waive all rights under Section 1542 of the Civil Code of California ("Section 1542") (or any similar law applicable to your jurisdiction) which reads: A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH, IF KNOWN BY HIM/HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS/HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.
You acknowledge that you have had an opportunity to review these Official Rules, and Sponsor's and each Sweepstakes Partner's privacy policies, and understand them. You acknowledge and agree that this is a complete RELEASE and DISCHARGE of all claims and rights against the Releasees, and that this release will be binding upon an entrant's and winner's heirs, executors, and administrators, and anyone claiming by or through an entrant or winner.

  1. Third Party Platforms: If this Sweepstakes is hosted, administered, or operated on a third party platform, including without limitation social media platforms (e.g. Facebook or Instagram) (the "Third Party Platform"), then by participating in this Sweepstakes, you hereby release and hold harmless such Third Party Platform from all claims, responsibility, and liability relating to the Sweepstakes. Unless otherwise stated in these Official Rules, this Sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, any Third Party Platform.
  2. Winner Publication: The first name, last name, and state of residency for confirmed winner(s) will be available upon written request to the Sponsor at the address below, for two (2) years following the end of the Sweepstakes Period.
    Sponsor: SOLO Eyewear, 4490 Fanuel St., Suite 203, San Diego, California 92109.
June 09, 2017

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Behind the Scenes: REI Documentary Highlights SOLO Eyewear Founders

Last summer, we received an email from two female filmmakers who had an idea that they wanted to present to me and Dana. We love hearing from fellow lady bosses so we obliged and scheduled a call. Gale and Jessie, the filmmakers, wanted to create a short documentary highlighting the work of female founded companies in the outdoor industry. We loved the concept and in no time, we were signed on to be one of the four companies to be showcased in the REI sponsored documentary. Woo hoo!

Gale and Jessie worked tirelessly for months developing their storyline, coordinating logistics and recruiting help to execute the many moving parts of this project. In the meantime, we were working closely with our non profit partner, RestoringVision, and another non-profit, Flying Samaritans, to coordinate our participation in an eye care clinic in San Quintin, Mexico. We were fortunate that the stars aligned for the filming and clinic to take place at the same time. 

On February 10th, Gale and Jessie drove down to San Diego with their team to start filming. We started the day at the office where Gale and Jessie interviewed us for a few hours. Before we knew it, the sun was setting and we still needed to pack up to head 5 hours south to San Quintin, Mexico to help set up for the eye care clinic in the morning. 

By the late evening, six of us were in the van with all of our gear and headed to Mexico. We were fortunate to have a fellow SOLOist and all around awesome person and photographer, Ravean Aaron, tag along to take photos at the clinic and caravan down with us. If you haven't driven through Baja California in Mexico, I highly recommend it. It's beautiful with rolling hills and lush scenery. 

We arrived in San Quintin late Friday night and at 7am we were having breakfast with the Flying Samaritans team, Margie, Rick and Joe, and RestoringVision staff member, Grecia. We headed to the clinic to set up and start seeing patients. As soon as we arrived, we saw dozens of people waiting to be seen. We got to work. Dana and I assisted with administering preliminary vision tests and dispensing eyeglasses according to each person's prescription. Meanwhile the film crew was capturing incredible moments inside the clinic and outside in the waiting area. It was a great experience and a wonderful day!

We concluded the evening with a group dinner with the Flying Samaritans and RestoringVision volunteers. It was an awesome opportunity to get to know one another. At 5am the next morning, we were already back on the road headed to San Diego.

We arrived in San Diego after lunch time. The film crew wanted to capture a few outdoor scenes of me and Dana. We opted to go paddle boarding. We were directed to paddle for 30 minutes or so and to not get wet because we had to take portraits afterwards. Here's the portrait shot.... 

Things didn't go quite as planned! :) While paddling around the bay, I remember thinking "who falls off a paddle board in calm waters" and shortly after that thought, I realized I was about to run into Dana's paddle board. I put my paddle out to brace the impact and instead pushed her paddle board forward. She never saw it coming. As soon as I saw her arms in the air and her feet stepping left and right, I knew she was going in. I stood there cringing as the film crew captured the whole moment. Dana was a trooper. She got out of the cold water and sat on her paddle board with purple lips. I felt so badly about the incident that the only thing I could think to do is cannonball into the water. I did. When you watch the documentary, you won't see Dana gracefully falling overboard but you will see the cannonball shot. Now, you know the real story behind it. ;)

We ended the day on the beach during sunset and it was a perfect conclusion to the weekend. The film crew loaded up their van and hit the road to capture their next story. 

Being a part of the Venturous Voices documentary was not only an incredible experience, it was an honor. Spending three days with five intelligent, talented women with different backgrounds and perspectives was inspiring. I felt so blessed to be a part of this group.

It took Gale and Jessie two months to edit and complete the documentary. Here it is. Our section is minutes 8:06 to 12:44. 

We would like to thank REI for sponsoring the film as well as Jessie, Gale and their team for giving us a platform and opportunity to share our story and experiences. Here's a link to the REI Blog Post

April 28, 2017

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A Chat with San Diego Retailer, Randall's Sandals

1. What's your name, where are you from and what's your occupation?
Hello, my name is Randall Engstrom, and I am proud to call San Diego, CA home sweet home. I am the owner and operator of Randall's Sandals.

2. What inspired you to start Randall's Sandals?
I was inspired to open a sandal store by our warm weather and amazing beach communities. What was once a simple concept of selling sandals at the beach to locals and tourists has matured into carrying only the best Local, Eco Friendly, and Charitable beach essentials for our conscious consumers. My store is a great option for folks who want to help, but don't know how or don't feel they have the time to help. We give our
community a convenient place to donate old shoes and sandals that we are proud to keep out of the landfills and get recycled or redistributed to the needy here and around the globe; while offering a discount on the more local, eco friendly, and charitable products.

3.
What has been the most rewarding experience in running your business?
For me, the most rewarding aspects are interacting with my customers and community and hearing stories from my neighbors and visitors from around the world. The other rewarding aspect is getting to educate these same people about the textile/retail industry and how our products are leaving a lasting, positive impact on our planet and our people. 

4. What has been the most challenging experience in running your business?
 
There are so many challenges for a small start up, where to begin! Obvious two: Time and Money, haha. A lot of people see success as a straight steady incline, but that is far from the case. It's a roller coaster ride. My theory is that if you face those challenges head on, and not run and hide, there is a good chance your business will be successful, and an even better chance that you will grow into a stronger, smarter person. 
 
5. Why do you carry SOLO Eyewear in your store?
SOLO Eyewear is a perfect fit for my store and mission. It falls under all 3 of the criteria to enter into Randall's Sandals; Local, Eco-friendly, and Charitable beach essentials. I love that it was created locally at San Diego State University, they are made out of repurposed and recycled components, and the best part is that they are helping
provide PEOPLE eye care in order to function in life. That is what is known as a triple threat or trifecta of goodness and we LOVE it!!
6. What's your favorite adventure?
I love Choose your Own adventure books, haha. Seriously, just being in the ocean is my favorite. It's amazing how little of our oceans has been explored. It's like a whole new planet below the sea, I love it! 

7. What's your favorite give back experience?
I am so fortunate to be in this amazing community. Because of everyone's donations, we have provided over 1400 pairs of shoes to people in need. By doing so, they are better able to find employment, pursue an education and live more fulfilling lives. 

8. What is one thing that you're looking forward to right now?
I'm looking forward to traveling the world and visiting more remote areas. I want to immerse myself in other communities and see what steps we need to take to help make life a little easier for everyone.

9. If someone wants to continue following you and your story, what's the best way to do so?
If you'd like to learn more about Randall's Sandals and see what daily life and our adventures are like, visit our website or follow us on Instagram. We love hearing from you! Feel free to reach out. We can talk about making the world a better place together!

March 31, 2017

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Restoring Vision in Guyana

Dana and I were finally on our flights to Guyana to execute two eye care clinics. Just three days prior we received approval from the Guyanese Ministry of Public Health to do so. We didn't skip a beat. I had connected with Dr. Shannon Da Silva, an optometrist in Georgetown, Guyana who immediately volunteered herself and her team to help at the clinics. Fortunately, we had the right partnership and plan in place to execute the clinics so bringing them to fruition within a few days was possible.

At 11pm on Friday, March 24th we arrived in Guyana and at 5:30am the next morning we were meeting Dr. Shannon Da Silva and her team, Keion, Dave and Shabana, for the first time. The opportunity to host the eye care clinics came about through my involvement with the Young Leaders of Americas Initiative, a program sponsored by the US Department of State. In October 2016, I hosted Dason Anthony, a young Guyanese entrepreneur and YLAI fellow, for a month during which he worked alongside me and we learned about each other's businesses. Once the exchange concluded, we were given the opportunity to do a reverse exchange where I could travel to Guyana and execute a project with Dason. Together, we decided our project would be hosting an eye care clinic. Because the project was largely funded by the YLAI program, SOLO was able to supply 300 pairs of reading glasses and 50 pairs of sunglasses and subsidize a second eye care clinic during the trip. 

At 6:30am on March 25th, we were chartering a small flight to Mabaruma, a remote region in Guyana, to host our first eye care clinic. Upon arriving at 7:30am, we found over 200 people waiting. Some individuals traveled all night to come to the clinic. We quickly got to work. Dana, Dason and I administered preliminary vision tests to determine which patients were near and/or far sighted. By evening time, our team had seen nearly all of the patients. We were able to distribute eyeglasses and sunglasses to people in need. We met so many individuals and learned about their hardships that resulted from their poor vision. Many wanted to be able to sew or read again. Others simply wanted to make sure their children's eyes were healthy. It was a privilege to connect with and help so many people in need.

On Sunday, we returned to Georgetown and began preparing for our second eye care clinic that would take place the following day on Leguan Island. The next morning we were boarding a small boat with all of our supplies to head to Leguan. The boat ride was exciting... a bit less terrifying than the 12 person plane that we flew on the day before.  Upon arriving at the hospital, we walked inside to find a packed room of people waiting to have their eyes checked. The hospital was allowing us to use their facilities to host the eye care clinic. Before we arrived, they used a number system to help organize the patients. The person who received number 1 had arrived at 4am that morning to wait in line. He had already been waiting 4 hours by the time we arrived. 

We immediately got to work. Everything flowed beautifully. Not only were we able to examine all of the individuals waiting but we also stayed to see the hospital staff. Many of them had never had their vision checked. 

In total, over 250 individuals came through the two eye care clinics. We were able to provide over half of them with eyeglasses and 50 with sunglasses.  Because we were able to restore vision for most of the people who came to the clinics, they are now better able to lead fuller, more productive lives. For that, we are most grateful. 

A special thank you to Dr. Shannon Da Silva, Keion and Dave who worked tirelessly to help bring these clinics to fruition and service so many individuals in need, to Shabana Shaw who represented the Ministry of Public Health and documented our efforts. Because of her work, our eye care clinics were covered by several Guyanese news outlets. Another thank you to Dason who so generously hosted me and Dana during our stay and volunteered his time to help at the clinics as well.  And last but not least, a thank you to the Young Leaders of Americas Initiative, the US Department of State and Meridian International. Without your support, none of this would be possible. 

Jenny Amaraneni 

February 14, 2017

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Stories from the Field: Restoring Vision in San Quintin

After weeks of organizing and communicating with the Flying Samaritans and Restoring Vision, our non-profit partner, our team had arranged to support an eye care clinic in San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico. On Friday, February 10th we packed up the van and headed 5 hours south to help at the monthly Flying Samaritans clinic. 

(Photo Credit: Ravean Aaron)

We spent all day Saturday serving the local community. The Flying Samaritans typically host a health and dental clinic in conjunction with their eye care clinic. Due to the bad weather, the dental and health clinics were cancelled. Despite the conditions, dozens and dozens of women, men and children showed up in hopes of receiving eye care. 

(Photo Credit: Gale Straub)

Dana and I, along with Flying Samaritans volunteers' Joe, Margie and Rick, and Restoring Vision volunteer Grecia examined individuals, administered vision exams and fitted those in need with prescription eyeglasses. We asked several of them how they felt to receive a pair of eyeglasses and see clearly.

One young girl who was about 13 years old said she was most excited to see the board in her classroom. She told us that she felt more confident and was excited to go to school now that she can see well.

A man in his late 60's walked into the clinic. After undergoing an eye exam, he was prescribed eyeglasses with -4.00 strength for distance. Having poor vision made it difficult for him to work. He told us that he was strong and wanted to find work. He was optimistic that he would now be able to. 

One woman in her 50's told us that she had never learned to read or write. She had recently decided to enroll in adult classes so she could become literate. Upon beginning the classes, she noticed that she could not see the letters on the page to learn. She was fitted with a pair of +3.00 reading glasses and was ecstatic to see each individual letter on a page. She told us that she was most looking forward to learning how to write her name. 

(Photo Credit: Ravean Aaron)

The patients' stories were incredibly moving and served as a powerful reminder of why SOLO Eyewear exists. In addition to being inspired by these individuals, we were also moved by the compassion and dedication of the Flying Samaritans team. Each month they travel to San Quintin from San Diego to help the local community by providing free health care, including vision and dental. They are doing incredible work and we felt privileged to work alongside them. Through our partnership with Restoring Vision, we were able to provide 150 pairs of eyeglasses to this specific clinic with over 2,000 more eyeglasses allocated to additional Flying Samaritans clinics.  

(Photo Credit: Ravean Aaron)

Thank YOU for helping us put so many smiles on people's faces!

November 29, 2016

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10 Days of Giving with SOLO Eyewear

At SOLO, we believe in taking care of people and our planet and we know that is important to you as well. In celebration of Giving Tuesday, we're kicking off a 10 Days of Giving Campaign where participants can complete acts of kindness and receive SOLO gear. 

Each participant who completes 5 of the 10 acts listed below by December 9th and follows the campaign rules is eligible to receive a FREE SOLO Eyewear Tote Bag with a mystery pair of SOLOs inside. 

10 Days of Giving Campaign

  1. Hand flowers out to strangers and wish them a great day
  2. Register to run/walk in a charity 5k
  3. Volunteer for a local non-profit - food pantry, homeless shelter, animal shelter, etc.
  4. Adopt a pet or help a pet get adopted
  5. Go through your belongings and donate the things you no longer use or wear. You can donate items to Goodwill or the Salvation Army
  6. Donate $10 to a non-profit organization like Traveling Stories or Compassion It.
  7. Spend one hour picking up trash in your neighborhood, local park or place of business
  8. Pay for the car behind you in the drive thru – ask the cashier to count how long people pay it forward and report back!
  9. Leave kind notes of encouragement on 10 cars
  10. Write a thank you card to someone who has helped you

Participation Rules

1. Share a picture or video of each completed act of kindness on Instagram and include #soloeyewear #10DaysofGiving
2. Each participant who completes 5 acts of kindness and follows Rule 1 is eligible to receive a SOLO Eyewear Tote Bag and mystery pair of SOLOs.
3. If a participant is able to complete all 10 out of 10, then he/she will receive our SOLO tote bag stuffed with 2 SOLOs of your choice, 2 Guatemalan sunglass bags, 2 sunglass cords, and 2 micro-fiber sunglass bags.

 

November 10, 2016

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Defining a SOLOist

Simply put, we at SOLO believe in creating a better world together and that effort begins with each of us, as individuals. So when you see us mention 'SOLOist', know that you are one and that you are an important part of our community.

So, cheers to being a SOLOist, to living limitlessly and giving abundantly!

 

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