After living and working in Laingsburg for 15 years, Dr. Brandon chooses to give back to the community. In 2010, Dr. Brandon and her employees collected boxes of food for the Laingsburg Food Bank. Each Halloween, Dr. Brandon buys extra candy from trick-or-treaters. This candy is sent to troops overseas who may not have access to the candies from home that they love and miss. Everyone wins: the kids learn restraint against candy--which may decrease their chance of diabetes and all of the retinal issues that may arise from the disease, soldiers receive a gift from home, and the children are still rewarded for their hard work. Each year, Laingsburg Eye Care also hosts a Trunk Show, in which representatives from designers bring in a larger selection of frames. There are sales here, ranging from 20-50% off the cost of lenses. Doctor views this as a way to decrease the cost of expensive eyewear in a fun and exciting way.
In the summer, Dr. Brandon likes to keep kids active by sponsoring a Good Deed Contest. Students write a few paragraphs about how their volunteering helped the community, and other local business owners vote on the winner. In July, the winner is given an iPod with accessories or a prize of equal value. Above these events, doctor’s favorite falls on her birthday, September 27. Instead of receiving gifts, doctor gives free eye exams to people in Laingsburg who are in difficult financial situations. They also receive free eyeglasses from the lab. Doctor is packed with patients on this day, but after seeing the smiles on patients’ faces when they can read again, she feels ecstatic. "I wish I could do this more often, even though it’s a crazy day," says Brandon. Aside from helping the Laingsburg area, Dr. Brandon has also traveled to Chile to build a church. A year later, she visited the Dominican Republic to provide vision services and glasses to those in need. Dr. Brandon cares about giving back to the community--not simply making a living in a beautiful town.
At Laingsburg Eye Care we have a Let's Help Program for people that do not have insurance and cannot afford an eye exam. We help the patient by reducing the charge for an eye exam to $49.00 and out of that we donate $10 to a local charity. This time we were able to give a donation of $200.00 to the Laingsburg Food Bank, Pictured: Dr. Brandon, Charles and Susan Dodge and our very own Mayor Michael Culpepper.
It's Emergency Day. Free exams and glasses for those who are in need, but can't afford it. This is the 6th annual event on or around my birthday. Thanks to my lab, Harbor, for supplying frames and lenses. What a team! Everybody wins, but especially me.