NRIs support free eye camps in India, provide free eyeglasses to underprivileged

New Jersey-based Rajeev Bhambri was always keen to honor the memory of his late parents by engaging in something charitable for the benefit of the underprivileged in India, reflecting the values of compassion and service ingrained in the Indian culture. 

Unable to travel to India for his benevolent endeavor, Bhambri’s instead connected with AWB Food Bank, which has been feeding hungry people in New Delhi for the past three decades. Varinder Bhalla, founder of the AWB Food Bank launched a new initiative in January 2023 to provide free eye exam service and distribute free eyeglasses to the needy people of Amritsar.

The idea of the eye camp was conceived by Ratna Bhalla, former Deputy Commissioner of Nassau County who inspired her husband to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his late father, who supported the blind children of Amritsar.

The first eye camp was jointly inaugurated by Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Member of India’s Parliament, Om Parkash Soni, former Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab and Sandeep Rishi, Commissioner of Amritsar. Also for the occasion, the Senate and the General Assembly of the state of New Jersey passed a joint Resolution to recognize the late Chaman Lal Bhalla whose acts of charity inspired his family to continue to serve the downtrodden.

The eye camp was supported by a team of eye specialists from the renowned BSLN Eye Hospital in Ganga Nagar, established by Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami, a spiritual guru acclaimed for his charitable works. 

For the fifth eye camp on May 22, Bhambri contributed funds to sponsor eyeglasses for 100 people. In the earlier months, Jagdish Singh, Rupinder Kaur and Geeta Shukla of Long Island also donated funds to support the worthy cause of the CLB Eye camp and honor the memory of their loved ones.  

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