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Volunteer Powerhouse Hosts SPREE Consignment Sale to Benefit Blind Children

MAITLAND FL.,Florida shoppers can shop for a cause this weekend at the fourth annual SPREE Consignment Sale April 16 – 17 at Venue on the Lake at the Maitland Civic Center. This once-a-year event is hosted by Women With a Vision, a powerhouse of dedicated volunteers raising funds for Lighthouse Central Florida’s (LCF) Early Intervention program. The preschool program serves children between 0-5 years old who are blind or have visual impairments in Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties.

 Women With a Vision organized the SPREE Consignment Sale by collecting and sorting donated clothes, shoes and accessories for women, men and children. Shoppers can find designer clothes at consignment sale prices from Michael Kors, St. John, Carlisle, Tommy Bahama, J. Crew, Banana Republic and more. The annual consignment sale is the largest fundraiser Women With a Vision hosts to raise funds and awareness for the children in Central Florida who are blind or have visual impairments.

 “Living without sight at any age is a challenge, but to be born without vision impacts a child developmentally in ways many people don’t realize,” said Kyle Johnson, Director of Sustainability and Communications, Lighthouse Central Florida. “For example, toddlers learn how to talk by watching your mouth or by pointing at a new object and asking ‘what’s that?’. Our services help these children develop skills like walking and talking so they are ready to enter kindergarten already knowing their ABC’s, colors, numbers and more. Learning these simple skills empowers the children and their families to understand all they can accomplish and Women With a Vision has been a tremendous support in making that happen.”

 There are more than 1,000 families in Central Florida who could benefit from the services LCF offers through this program. The program is only able to serve less than 10 percent at this time. Early Intervention services are critical for a child with severe low vision or blindness in attaining parity with their sighted peers.  Many of the infants and toddlers receiving these services enter mainstream kindergarten which would be unlikely without such services.

“This is more than a consignment sale, but rather an opportunity to bring hope and empowerment to those who need guidance and support at a crucial time in a child’s life,” said Pree Hull, Women With a Vision Co-Chairwoman. “We have heard the stories, met the mothers, fathers and children who have been impacted by the program and we are dedicated to shining light on this invaluable program. Our committee works year-round to support the children and families who benefit from the Early Intervention program. We are so grateful to the community who have partnered with us to support this important organization by donating clothes, sponsoring the event and collecting donations.”

This year, the committee is pleased to partner with community sponsors who have come together to help cover the overhead costs of the sale. Sponsors include Adult Toy Storage, Eye Physicians of Central Florida, Hold Thyssen, Inc., Central 28 Beer Co., Sand Medical, Inc. and Steven Alexander. Other community partners include Hutton, Roach Family Wellness Integrative Medicine and Thrivent Financial.                         

The consignment sale is April 16 - 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751. For more information, please visit www.WomenWithaVisionCFL.com.