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Eye Doctor Gives Patients View of a Better Future

This week's edition of "Acts of Human Kindness" in partnership with Dignity Health shows the hard work of a Shasta County optician who spends his free time making free prescription glasses for those who need them most.

Posted: Jan 11, 2019 11:49 AM
Updated: Jan 11, 2019 3:56 PM

Shasta Co., Calif.-- Do you believe that we all have a purpose? Optician Dan Waldrop does.

"I can't tell you that's why I help people, but I can tell you that this is what I was meant to do," said Waldrop.

And his work has changed lives.

"I haven't worn glasses in years, I couldn't afford them myself... Dan made me some glasses and I was able to see the blades on grass - it just looked like green glob to me before, the texture on the wall - I didn't notice," said patient Marian Boudreau.

At his Shasta Lake business, Waldrop can diagnosis what you need and send you home with glasses he makes on-site that day.

So, having that equipment, he started the "SEAE" program, Sponsored Eyeglasses and Exams.

That's how Marian Boudreau found him.

"I just want everyone to know that there's a good person here that's helped thousand of people, over the years," said Boudreau.

They set up shop at events like Project Homeless and Redding; a worthwhile - but demanding - way to spend a weekend.

"The look on the face of a small child who's never really seen past 2 feet and it opens up the world to them, is not only a gift to them, but a gift to me," said Waldrop.

The team at Dan's Optical fundraises year-round to make it possible.

And when people evacuated during the Carr Fire and left home without their glasses? Dan was there.

"Who would have thought we'd have several fires of this magnitude all around this. It was a perfect storm, but I had praise that my family and my business and home weren't impacted, so that gave us the ability to help those that were." said Waldrop.

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