By Chris Conroy
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager
One of the things I've noticed about the Heartland is that we take care of our own. This week, our viewers literally gave the gift of sight. Heartland News Reporter Kelsey Anderson shared the story of 8-year-old Jewell Magee from Benton, Missouri. Jewell was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia which has left her legally blind. She's one of 13 children nationwide selected as part of a worldwide campaign called #TogetherWeSee. The organization is helping raise enough money to provide special eSight glasses to children like Jewell so they can see for the first time.
Within minutes of the story airing, The Cape Girardeau Noon Lions Club made it their mission to help Jewell get a set of eSight glasses. As part of their regular meeting, Lions Club members watched Anderson's video and afterward pledged to give $4,000 dollars towards the purchase of the special glasses for Jewell. With help from the community, this leaves her family a little closer to the gift of sight. With the addition of the $4,000 from the Lions Club, this brings Jewell to just over $2,000 left to get the glasses.
And that's where you come in. Let's step up like the Cape Girardeau Noon Lions Club did and help Jewell see. #TogetherWeSee has a GoFundMe page set up and Jewell has her own personal fund raising page.
I salute the Cape Girardeau Noon Lions Club for being so generous, and Jewell Magee and her family for being so determined to help her see. A lot of times when we see news stories, we wonder what we can do. Here's your chance to do something. Taking action and taking care of our own with the gift of sight makes this A Better Heartland.