Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches — previously named Charity of the Year by the Palm Beach Florida Board of Realtors — recently hosted a West Palm Beach party for beneficiaries with games, gifts, and refreshments.
The holiday event, complete with a Santa distributing gifts to gleeful young guests, celebrated the charity’s relationship with the board, as well as its donation of $10,000.
“We are honored to be able to provide these exceptional children and their families with some holiday cheer,” Palm Beach Board of Realtors President Clive Stuart-Findlay said.
The Lighthouse, as it is known, offers a program to educate blind and visually impaired youngsters ages six and up, teaching them essentially living skills through summer camp, cooking and computer courses, professional development, and regular outings to foster social connections and a sense of community.
Staffers reach out to beneficiaries through home visits and field trips, helping visually impaired children adapt to their environment via a variety of channels including career education and paid work stints.
Lighthouse for the Blind was established in 1946. It is a non-profit agency serving Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. With Florida headquarters in West Palm Beach, the Lighthouse strives to help the visually impaired reach their fullest potential. Nationally, the Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., currently employs nearly 400 individuals, more than 250 of whom have a visual disability.