Teen volunteer shows people with vision impairment the light at Anchor Center for Blind Children

Teen helps nonprofit for blind children each week

DENVER - It may be easy to assume vision impairment and blindness are all about darkness, but at a special place in Denver, it can be all about light and joy.

This week's 7Everyday Hero volunteers at this unique center. Denver East High School senior Andrea Ku gives her time at the Anchor Center for Blind Children.

"It is an early intervention program for children birth through five who have vision impairments.  So, children can come as early as a few weeks old and we get them ready for kindergarten," said Alice Applebaum, executive director at the Anchor Center for Blind Children.

The center sees 400 children a year.  It has been around since 1982.

It is so successful in preparing children and their parents for school and life with a vision impairment, it is not unusual for families to move here just to send their children to the center.

"We are often asked, 'Where are the blind kids?'  It is because they are so comfortable and so typical," said Applebaum.

Since Anchor Center for Blind Children is a nonprofit, it relies heavily on volunteers. Two hundred people, like Andrea Ku, give their time here.

"I really enjoy coming here.  It's a lot of fun," said Ku.

Ku is here every week.  She has given her time for nearly four years.

"I guess one of the reasons I keep coming back is that I know I can help them and I really enjoy the feeling of being able to make a difference," said Ku.

"I think we're going to see great things from her as a human being and she will change the world in quiet and wonderful ways.  We are better people because we know Andrea," said Applebaum.

"I have been here so long it's just a part of me.  I wouldn't know how I would live without Anchor," said Ku.

To learn more about the Anchor Center for Blind Children go to www.anchorcenter.org

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