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Giving the Gift of Sight this Mother’s Day #EyeGiveBack

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Because I’m part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network, I’ve been given the opportunity to participate in the VSP EyeGiveBack campaign. Right now when you purchase individual vision insurance from VSP Direct as a gift, a child in need receives a free eye exam and glasses. Thanks to VSP for sponsoring this post…and thanks to my Nannie for everything! Find out more at Give VSP Direct.

My grandma—I’ve always called her Nannie—is so creative and she can do/figure out just about anything.  Nannie is an excellent cook and she keeps an immaculate house, but she also sews, knits, crochets, gardens, cuts my boys’ hair, plays bridge, does volunteer work and she is an awesome artist.  And that’s just a partial list of her talents! 

Gifts for Nannie

Nannie has been doing all sorts of things for me my entire life. We’ve cuddled while watching our favorite TV shows together. She’s knit sweaters and leg warmers, made matching outfits for my dolls and me, painted a giant bow on my bedroom wall in my favorite color, pink. There have been Barbie birthday cakes, fun trips and awesome surprises. Nannie and Papa built me my own playhouse, too. Nannie painted these trim flowers on the wall.

Playhouse Painting

Door Mouse


Bathroom Painting

Currently, our house has several fun quirks, like the dormouse on our bathroom door and the flowers on the wall that were inspired by my great-grandma’s pitcher, thanks to Nannie’s paintbrush. 

Giving Back to Ones You Love

Giving Art Supplies

Giving Back

I love my Nannie so much and I want her to be happily creating for years to come. When I was given the opportunity by VSP Vision Care to gift someone with a VSP Direct individual insurance plan, I thought of my Nannie. An artist needs clear vision to create. A Nannie who does her granddaughter’s mending needs to be able to see!

After all of the things Nannie does for me, I am so glad to give her something that can make a lifetime of difference. And just like my Nannie always keeps giving, VSP is making a double sweet offer: when you purchase a vision insurance plan as a gift (through December 31, 2015) VSP will also donate an eye exam and glasses to a child in need, with a total retail value of over $115,000. So give the gift of sight and you give twice! I think that is a big deal because statistics show that about 20% of kids struggle with reading because of vision problems. Not being able to read is a huge deficit in anyone’s life.

VSP Eye Give Back

VSP is this nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company; every state now has affordable, high quality individual plans available that cover eye exams with a low co-payment and it includes an allowance for glasses or contacts. Typically, policy holders save $244 annually on their vision care because VSP has the lowest out-of-pocket cost. With 30,000 providers available, no one should have to miss out on this opportunity.

Hand Painted Art

Gifts for One You Love

If you’re stumped about what to give your mom or grandmom for Mother’s Day, you might consider a VSP EyeGiveBack vision care insurance plan. Wrap it up with satisfaction ‘cause it’s a gift that will really make a difference for several somebodies. In my case, that’s my Nannie, the child who will receive free eye care and me: I want a new painting for my dining room!

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.