Annual Appeal with Zeal


by Paul Zavinsky, Director of Development & Public Relations

Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania wishes you a happy holiday season!


It is during this season of giving we ask you to please remember our mission to raise the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired in our region. Together we can make a difference in the coming year and, if you are able to make a financial gift, we have a special thank you that will help even more in our community.

Vision Resources has partnered with a local knitting celebrity, Sheila Thurston, aka, “The Hat Lady.” In her spare time, and usually in coffeehouses, Sheila makes winter knit hats for men, women, boys, girls and even infants. Sheila creates and gives these away out of the goodness of her heart. The Hat Lady wanted to help Vision Resources with our Annual Appeal this year so she has donated 150 hats for our organization to use as an incentive for support from generous contributors.

Sheila and Vision Resources have agreed that for every $50 received from a donor, one handmade hat will be donated to the Catholic Charities Interfaith Family Shelter. Sheila is amazing and the multi-colored hats will provide the potential for Vision Resources to meet its financial goal. Just as important, many shelter residents will have a little protection from the cold and receive a small reminder that there are people that care. Annual gifts from contributors can perform two good deeds this year, so please, if you can, mail your tax-deductible donation to:

               VROCP, attn: Paul Zavinsky, 1130 South 19th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104-2912

Or make a secure gift online at

Thank you from Vision Resources, Sheila Thurston and the Interfaith Family Shelter.

Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania is a 501 (c) (3) non- profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The official registration and financial information of Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.