Seeing the Big Picture
They used money from last year's sale to buy a magnification machine for the Presbyterian Manor Nursing Home.
"This way, they can maintain their independence, pick up a newspaper, read it themselves," explaind the manor's Jackie Luetkemeyer. "It brings a lot of self confidence in being able to maintain that independence and not rely on somebody else."
Dr. Vann hopes to put the machines into more nursing homes.
"Hopefully, if they can still read everyday things that are going on, the newspaper, they can get cheered up by pictures of their family members, grandkids, that come in the mail to them," added volunteer Cindy Vann. "Right now, some people can't even see that."
The machine does make life easier for the visually impaired.
"I like ball scores, baseball scores, and you know those papers, the box scores are so tiny you can't see them," complained manor resident Ernest Hillard. "You can magnify it and it can get as large as you like, so it can handle very tiny print."
And, more advances are on the way.
"Technology that will allow them to continue sewing or tying fish lures or looking out the window and seeing the birds in the trees again," said Mark Neumeier of Magnification Resources, Inc. "We're always developing new technology."