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VRC December Blog

Updated: Jan 4, 2019

“The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays." W.C. Jones

The Vision Resource Center provides opportunities and resources to improve the quality of life of adults and children in the Cape Fear Region who are visually impaired.

Dave & Busters - VRC Youth Christmas PartyOur Holiday Season started off with the spirit of Christmas at Dave & Busters. Our VRC Youth began their Christmas Party with (all they could eat) holiday buffet, unlimited video games and tons of fun! Our evening ended hanging Christmas lights on the bus singing Christmas carols all the way home. Many THANKS go out to our local Trust, for affording us this wonderful opportunity for our kids!

VRC Youth Christmas Party December 01, 2018

VRC Youth Christmas Party at Dave & Busters

Many Thanks to the Botanical Gardens and their staff for helping our VRC adults create beautiful decorations for Christmas, explaining the different scents of material used and adding some Christmas singing to the mix. Many thanks to the Cumberland Community Foundation. Excellent special thanks to Board Treasurer, Patty Nusbaum and Volunteer, Ann Montoya for going above and beyond, they are awesome!

Botanical Gardens December 10, 2018

Just in time for the holidays, our VRC adults enjoyed Norman Brown’s “Joyous Holiday Concert” at Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University on December 13th. Many thanks to all the staff at the Auditorium that assisted us and a local Trust for allowing this Christmas cultural experience.

Norman Brown’s “Joyous Holiday Concert” at FSU

December is National Safe Toys & Gift Month

Too often, accidents involving children and toys occur and may result in eye injuries. Each year, thousands of children age 14 and younger suffered serious eye injuries, even blindness, from toys.

There are three important ways you can protect your child's eyes from injuries while playing with toys:

1. Only buy toys meant for their age.

2. Show them how to use their toys safely.

3. Keep an eye on them when they play.

Before you purchase a toy:

1. Read all warnings and instructions on the box.

2. Ask yourself if the toy is right for your child's ability and age.

3. Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges.

4. Check the lenses and frames of children's sunglasses; many can break and cause injuries.

5. Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards.

6. Look for the letters "ASTM." This designation means the product meets the national safety standards set by ASTM International.

7. Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off. Remember that BB guns are NOT toys.

Before letting children play with toys:

1. Inspect toys for safe, sturdy construction.

2. Explain how to use the toy.

3. Fix or throw away broken toys.


1. Keep young children away from toys meant for older children.

2. Supervise your children while playing.

3. Store toys properly after play to avoid risks or falls.

4. Supervise children's craft projects (scissors and glue can be extremely dangerous to a child's eyesight).

5. Have children wear the right eye protection for sports (face shields, helmets, eyeguards).

VRC Adult Christmas Party

Celebrating our VRC annual Christmas Party for our Adults at the Vision Resource Center, Friday, December 15th, 2018.

VRC Adult Christmas Party December 15, 2018

Our VRC family enjoying a wonderful holiday meal.

VRC Adult Christmas Party December 15, 2018

From our VRC Family to Yours.... Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Our office will be CLOSED (December 24 through December 28th)

The VRC could use your help! We always need volunteers, so if you are looking for a way to give back to your community, try the VRC. We invite you to join us and find out just how fulfilling and FUN it is to be a part of this great organization! More about volunteering can be found here: Volunteers Needed

Make a Difference - Volunteer at the Vision Resource Center (910) 483-2719

A Note From Our Executive Director

Terri Thomas, VRC Executive Director

Wishing you Happy Holidays from the VRC to you and your families. The holidays are a time of love, joy, faith, gratitude, and hope. It's a time of gathering with family and friends. It is also a time of reflection as we go into 2019. The Vision Resource Center is so blessed and thankful for all that have supported or read about us or just sent a referral to us. It means so much to us to be able to continue enhancing the lives of the visually impaired in our community. United Way, Elizabeth A. Hudspeth and Cornelia "Neill" Bullock Wilkins Funds of Cumberland Community Foundation, Cape Fear Kiwanis, local trusts, donors we could not make the difference we do without you!!

Make a difference in the world of people with no or low vision.

#VRC #1939-2018 #growth#giving#thanks

Until next time

With love and blessings and again Happy Holidays,

Terri Thomas

Executive Director

Vision Resource Center

…..Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired

VRC Happenings in December 2018:

Dec 01: Dave & Busters (VRC Youth Christmas Party) -4:00 to 8:00 pm

Dec 04: Tokay 9:30-11:30 am  

Dec 05: Bowling 10:00 am

Dec 10: Botanical Gardens 10:00-12:00 pm

Dec 11: A Star is Born

Dec 13: Norman Brown Christmas @ FSU 7:30-9:30 pm

Dec 15: Adult Christmas Party at VRC Center 1:00-3:00 pm

Dec 24: Office Closed


Dec 24 to Dec 28 Office Closed for Christmas Holiday

Please call James to cancel your ride at 910-476-6684

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