Slowly but surely, Sandy Kalmar has turned her home into a factory – a factory that transforms donated eyeglasses into miracles.
Sandy approaches her work with the precision of a corporate CEO, the patience of a saint and the persistence of a mom (not surprising, considering she is the mother of three grown sons).
She doesn’t do it for money. Sandy happily volunteers all her time. And she certainly doesn’t do it for fame. In fac, she would much prefer to stay anonymous.
So, why does she do it? That’s an easy question for Sandy to answer: it’s God’s will. “it took me more than 40 years to find out what I wanted to do in life,” she says. “God’s timing has been wonderful.”
Several years ago, Sandy took her first mission trip to Haiti and saw for herself how a seemingly simple act of kindness could change so many lives. “It was just awesome to witness how people would smile when they put on a pair of glasses and could see,” Sandy recalls.
The memory of those smiles is what continues to motivate Sandy to find new and improved ways for increasing productivity.
As a result, the sun room, although still bursting with plants, now doubles as her work space. It’s here, surrounded by her laptop, lens meter and, for some added inspiration, photos of the children she sponsors, that she’ll neutralize (identify the existing prescription) every pair of glasses she receives.