Our Hearts Are Warm This Holiday Season


Picture of person wearing snowflake gloves; using index fingers and thumbs to make a heart framing the sunset in the background“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. 

They must be felt with the heart.”

                                                   Helen Keller




As we wrap up another year at Society for the Blind, we feel so fortunate for the kindness and support from all of you over the past twelve months. While we may not have had an opportunity to be with you in person, your commitment to the people we serve was felt in so many ways.

Your gifts of time, financial support and participation brought joy to hundreds of Society’s clients and patients. We saw continuing growth in our blindness skills programs. Remote classes continue to afford people in northern California and in our newest service area, Nevada, the opportunity to learn how to use a white cane, gain skills in accessible software and build their confidence as they learn to live with vision loss. Our seniors are staying engaged as they participate in weekly support groups on the phone and Zoom. We are delivering Safe At Home kits with basic accessibility tools they can use in their homes to remain independent. 

Hundreds of you volunteered for our Access News Telephone Reader Service, keeping nearly 3,000 people with vision loss informed and connected. Business groups and community service organizations contributed to our Low Vision Clinic’s lending library so people of all ages with vision loss could borrow magnification devices, CCTVS and other vision aids.

Our hearts have truly been touched by your generosity this year. On behalf of the staff and board of directors, I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. May your hearts be filled with joy!