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NECO/NEE Participate in Christmas in the City Event for Families in Local Area Shelters

Dr. Gary Chu and President Clifford Scott volunteer with vision screenings at holiday party

On Sunday, December 21, 2014, over 6,000 families and children from local area shelters participated in the Christmas in the City event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Aimed at providing a wonderful event to help alleviate the impact of homelessness and spread the holiday spirit, guests enjoy a fun party with cartoon characters,an indoor playground, activities, entertainment, lunch, and a visit from Santa, complete with gifts donated by the community. Local service providers volunteer to provide haircuts, dental cleanings, and vision screenings. Read more about Christmas in the City.

This year, the NEE On-Sight Mobile Van was invited to the participate and provide vision screenings.  Dr. Gary Chu, Vice President of Community Collaborations, New England Eye Institute, was very busy performing pediatric vision screenings throughout the afternoon. He was joined at the event by Ina Carducci from New England Eye and On-Sight driver Ed Braverman.






When New England College of Optometry President Scott, and his wife, Dr. Mary Scott arrived, they quickly jumped in to lend a hand and helped organize those waiting in line and assisted with the screenings.

Christmas in the city




Dr. Mary Scott, President Clifford Scott, David Donnelly, Dr. Gary Chu, and Jim Hunt, CEO of the Mass League of Community Health Centers







The event was also attended by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Marty Walsh. Mayor Walsh stopped by the van to see the good work being done by NECO and NEE. Thanks to all the individuals who volunteered their time and effort to make this great event a success.

Dr. Clifford Scott, Mayor Marty Walsh, and Dr. Gary Chu

Read more about the event in the Boston Globe