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Van Nuys School for Blind needs donations
December 24, 2010
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A local school for the blind is making a desperate plea for donations.
The Van Nuys School for the Blind needs $75,000 by New Year's Eve or it might have to close its doors. Founder Helen Harris, who is legally blind herself, says the school is a crucial resource for those with degenerative eye disease. Harris says public funding has dried up and donations have plunged more than 50 percent.
"And that affects us in two ways, with our medical research for RP, and for day-to-day school that we have for the blind. It's going to close," said Harris.
The school is launching a last-ditch fundraising campaign this weekend.
(Copyright ©2010 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)
By Bob Strauss, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/22/2010 07:50:11 PM PST
The Van Nuys School for the Blind may be facing its end. But the folks who run the facility - which provides classes, assistance and, perhaps most crucially, a social outlet for the city's visually impaired and others in need - won't be going down without a fight.
The school, also known as the Visually Handicapped Adults of the Valley program, will launch a campaign this weekend in the hope of raising $75,000 to keep its doors open past Dec. 31.
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