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Local Vision Impaired Group Brings Awareness To Community

Little Vincent is as curious as any four year old child.

He's intelligent and loves to ask questions, but the only difference between him and few other little guys his age - he's blind.

"My grandson, who is four years old, he was born totally blind, and anything that involves him, me, his mother and his father try to be involved in it," said Vincent's grandmother Minister Mary Lawrence.

That's why they came out to the Cedar Grove Community Center in St. Martin.

This is where the Mississippi Gulf Coast chapter of the National Federation of the Blind held a community awareness day Saturday afternoon.

"I'm here to find out more information to benefit him while he's younger. As he grows older, we can give him more freedom to be able to be independent," said Lawrence.

"It's a blindness awareness, trying to promote and get out in the community to let people know that there are blind people in the community and we're capable of doing things that any sighted person can do," said NFB Gulf Coast president Kendrick Kennedy.

The day was filled with entertainment and fun as the organization tried to raise money to purchase canes for blind children and to replace old canes for blind adults.

The event also gave the community a chance to perhaps learn something it didn't know about the blind.

"The stereotype of being blind is...you know I've had people to ask me "you don't act like you're blind" and basically you know, how is a blind person supposed to act? Am I supposed to sit at home with the sun shining on my face from outside. You know, blind people do any and everything," said Kennedy.

He said those who have lost their vision have to walk by faith and not by sight, and hopefully this event will encourage the community to better help them do just that.

This was the first time this event has been held, and Mr. Kennedy hopes it will not be the last.

If you would like to help the local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, please call 424-4653 for more information.

By Karla Redditte

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