TUCKER, Ga. (September 22, 2017) – The City of Tucker is sending off nearly 500 pairs of donated eclipse glasses to the non-profit Astronomers Without Borders following a month-long donation drive.
The idea to turn City Hall into a donation center came after the August 21 solar eclipse.
“We realized that so many people had bought these glasses to watch the solar eclipse,” explains Tucker’s City-Community Connector Sonja Szubski. “The next logical question was: what are they going to do with them?”
Szubski discovered that Astronomers Without Borders had set up a grassroots donation campaign, asking for gently used eclipse glasses to send to students in South America and Asia, where the next solar eclipse will be visible in 2019.
“The response was overwhelming,” Szubski says. “Not only were schools, businesses and residents from all over Tucker dropping off their eclipse glasses, we had people from all across Georgia mailing us their glasses to be included in the donation.
“We made such wonderful memories watching the eclipse with our children. I hope these donations will help families in other parts of the world to do the same.”
Tucker was one of hundreds of cities across the United States that coordinated with Astronomers Without Borders on the project. To learn more, visit astronomerswithoutborders.org.