“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill said those enlightening words above. Everyone knows that December is a busy month with a long list of tasks to cross off, but even with all the commotion it is important to remember that it is a month for giving. In the spirit of giving, Summit Eye Care will continue our “refer a friend program.” When a patient refers a friend, the referring person receives a small gift, and the new patient receives a donation made to Crisis Control Ministry in his or her name. This ministry assists our community by providing food assistance, financial assistance, and medication assistance to people in need.
Other ways to give include donations and service. We are partnered with Lions Clubs to help collect glasses. If you have glasses that are no longer useful to you, either prescription or over-the-counter, please consider donating them to our office. These glasses will eventually be given to thousands of impoverished people all over the world. Dr. Tran received the opportunity to take the donated glasses and personally give the people in Clarendon, Jamaica the gift of sight. It was a wonderful and rewarding experience. Another easy way to help out is to make sure you are registered as a corneal tissue donor by visiting Donate Life. By being a registered corneal tissue donor, others in need can receive the gift of sight through a corneal transplant.
And lastly we must remember the greatest sacrifice that has been ever made is God giving us his Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. This is something that none of us come close to deserving. God’s love for us is affirmed in the quote from John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Christ lived a perfect, sinless life and died a terrible death in order to “save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). He paid the penalty for our sins and bore the anger we deserved to bear. He overcame the separation that was coming in between God and us. He freed us from the shackles of sin. Because of this, God can “deliver us from this domain of darkness” and transfer “us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Col. 1:13). What an incredible gift!
Remember that any gift, big or small, will make an impact in someone else’s life. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas!

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