SCMH commits to the cause of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Professional Association on August 24, 2016 by making a contribution towards its eye glasses program for children in Los Angeles. The purpose of the LASPA Cares For Kids Drive is to provide free eye exams and free pairs of new prescription eyeglasses for grammar school children in Los Angeles County who live in poverty.
“Our drive reaches into over 420 at-risk grammar schools in heavily Hispanic and African American communities. Vision care has proven instrumental in improving test scores for children, particularly in the math and sciences.” Says Cesar Romero, Deputy Sheriff /President, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Professional Association (LASPA).
According to LASPA an estimated 350,000 children, ages 18 and younger in Los Angeles County do not have health insurance. Up to 85% of academically and behaviorally at-risk children have vision problems that are either undetected or untreated. Children from poor urban areas, many of whom are members of ethnic minority groups, experience more than twice the normal rate of vision problems. Without the proper vision skills, these children will be at risk of losing interest in the classroom, on the athletic field, and dropping out. Thus starts the vicious cycle of gang recruitment, drugs, crime, and the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, in many instances, this type of lifestyle leads to premature death. Tragically, this cycle repeats when they have children of their own.
“SCMH directly provides material handling equipment and services in the LA & Orange Counties and we also want to reach out to the local communities we serve by helping, in whatever little way we can.” COO Mike Wolfe shares.
To learn how to support this cause, you may visit: http://www.laspa.org/about/laspa-cares/
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Professional Association, known as LASPA, is a union with over 2000 sworn L.A. County Deputy Sheriff’s who wish to help the children of families who live at or below the poverty threshold.