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DARMSTADT, Germany — The Optical Care shop on Cambrai-Fritsch Casern reopened under new management Friday, while at the same time setting the stage for qualified children to receive free eyeglasses.

Dr. Bernd Beutel, who also runs an optical shop off post in near by Eberstadt, celebrated the grand opening with cake, beverages, and 25 percent off all purchases.

The Bright Eyes program, run by the Darmstadt Military Spouse and Civilian Club worked out a deal with Beutel to buy certain children’s eyeglasses for the program.

A school nurse, according to Donna Dean, club president, usually identifies children who have a need without the means to pay for the eyeglasses.

Dean said usually the program helps lower enlisted children, but that the program is open to any qualified child.

The eyeglasses are given to the children free of charge.

Buetel, who is no stranger to Darmstadt Optical Shop having previously managed the shop for 10 years, sells the children’s eyeglasses to the club at a reduced price, that way the club could buy more eyewear for more children throughout the year.

Also, not only children who need glasses for the first time are considered, but children who have glasses that are too old or that have broken them.

The Optical Shop in Darmstadt will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m., plus every Saturday after payday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call Buetel at 06151-56076.

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