W. MI stepsisters collect glasses to help kids in Bangladesh

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — As the season of giving approaches, two West Michigan sisters are thinking about children like them thousands of miles away.

Marian Listen, 9, and Claire Hoop, 10, haven’t always been sisters.

“We’ve been stepsisters since 2014, said Listen. Her mother corrects her that it was actually 2013.

Marriage brought the two together, but the sisters have a lot in common.

Both love to talk about their baby brother Joey, go to St. John Vianney Catholic School in Wyoming and wear glasses.

“I’ve had mine since I was 2 1/2, she’s had hers since second grade,” said Listen.

It’s a big part of why they decided to collect glasses for children they have never met.

Listen and Hoop come from a family of givers, which created the International Promise Foundation.

IPF is a Byron Center-based charity that’s taken Samaritan’s Children’s Home — a home for orphaned and underprivileged children in Bangladesh — under its wing.

“We would say that’s all God, the way that we found the home and really felt our first trip we saw the need and the honesty and pureness of the home director,” said Jenna Kape, the girls’ aunt.

Over the years, their family members have made 25 trips to Bangladesh.

On Monday, the sisters will fly out ready to deliver the gift of sight.

“At school we have 99 pairs, the rest in this bin and my grandpa gave us 207 pairs of glasses, so we have like over 300 pairs,” said Hoop.

For many, the cost of the frames is a large burden for those in need.

“Sometimes it’s hard for our children to see that’s a blessing and that’s a gift and that’s something you have simply because you’re a child being raised in America,” she said. “That’s not how the rest of the world lives.”

The girls are excited to see how the children in Bangladesh will react.

“Not all the kids need glasses but probably every kid that needs glasses will have glasses. It’s going to be really exciting to see the joy on their faces,” Listen said.

For more information on the International Promise Foundation, visit its website.

Share this:Related Posts

Advertisement

Let's block ads! (Why?)



More artcles

Nickelodeon präsentiert die Nominierten der 'Kids’ Choice Awards' 2018

Nickelodeon und der Europa-Park bringen die Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards nach Deutschland

Kids Cup der Sportkletterer in Siegen Brakeler Duo holt Gold und Silber

Aufgabe gefühlvoll, aber cool bewältigt

DAX mit größtem Wochenverlust seit Januar 2016!

A Hat in Time - Gefeiertes Jump&Run kriegt Koop-Modus, kostenlosen DLC

Gefahr für Kinder: Gesundheitsexperten kritisieren Facebooks Messenger Kids

"Drei Fragezeichen" halten 150 Kids in Atem

Makeup tips for girls with glasses

Octopus Watch Helps Keeps Kids On Schedule And On Time—no Nagging Required!



Related links

BESTOYARD Plastic Wizard Glasses Kids Cute Glasses Frame Without Lenses for Birthday Halloween Costume Party Supplies Pack of 12 (Random Color)

$7.99

BESTOYARD Plastic Wizard Glasses Kids Cute Glasses Frame Without...

KIDS Childrens Nerd Retro Oversize Black Frame Clear Lens Eye Glasses (Age 3-10)

$7.99

KIDS Childrens Nerd Retro Oversize Black Frame Clear Lens Eye...

ROYAL GIRL Small Round Circle Glasses Women Metal Frame Clear Lens Classic Vintage Eyeglasses (Clear Frame, 46)

$12.75

ROYAL GIRL Small Round Circle Glasses Women Metal Frame Clear Lens...

modesoda Kids Nerdy Rectangular Glasses Translucent Non-prescription Eyeglasses for Girls Boys

$10.50

modesoda Kids Nerdy Rectangular Glasses Translucent...

Fantia Kids eyeglass Frame Children Soft Non-Optical Frames Clear Lens (Pink)

$14.00

Fantia Kids eyeglass Frame Children Soft Non-Optical Frames Clear...

Fantia TR90 Optical Frame Glasses Cute Kids Eyeglasses 42-11-118-32 (F)

$14.00

Fantia TR90 Optical Frame Glasses Cute Kids Eyeglasses 42-11-118-32...

Related links

New FLEXON KIDS 90 Brown Sugar 45[]19-125 Rx Eyeglasses Frames 2571

$55.11

New FLEXON KIDS 90 Brown Sugar 45[]19-125 Rx Eyeglasses Frames 2571

NEW NIKE KIDS 3KD 001 BLACK EYEGLASSES AUTHENTIC FRAME RX NIKE3KD 46-19 W/CASE

$59.40

NEW NIKE KIDS 3KD 001 BLACK EYEGLASSES AUTHENTIC FRAME RX NIKE3KD...

Ray-Ban Kid's Fuschia Metal Eyeglass Frames RB1027-4007 47mm $99 NEW

$59.39

Ray-Ban Kid's Fuschia Metal Eyeglass Frames RB1027-4007 47mm $99 NEW

NEW NIKE KIDS 5538 065 BLACK EYEGLASSES AUTHENTIC FRAME RX NIKE5538 46-17 W/CASE

$59.40

NEW NIKE KIDS 5538 065 BLACK EYEGLASSES AUTHENTIC FRAME RX NIKE5538...

NEW NIKE KIDS 5574 062 GUNMETAL EYEGLASSES AUTH. FRAME RX NIKE5574 47-14 W/CASE

$59.40

NEW NIKE KIDS 5574 062 GUNMETAL EYEGLASSES AUTH. FRAME RX NIKE5574...

NEW LACOSTE L3907 615 RED/BLUE KID'S EYEGLASSES AUTHENTIC FRAMES L 3907 49MM RX

$53.99

NEW LACOSTE L3907 615 RED/BLUE KID'S EYEGLASSES AUTHENTIC FRAMES L...