Tuscalooosa non-profit awarded

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - By Kelvin Reynolds

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Focus First started screening Alabama children for eye problems more than 6 years ago. A national organization that recognizes non-profit groups is taking notice.

Toms of Maine 50 States For Good Competition awarded Focus First as the best non-profit program this year. The screening program is run through Impact Alabma. Stephen Black, the group's director, says it's an honor, "We see on the news all the time, Alabama struggles in certain ways in comparison to other states. And this is one of those areas, vision care for small children, we do better than any state in the country."

The award comes with a $20,000 check.

Organizers say the money will go back into the vision program. The program is run by students in Alabama colleges. They go into daycares and headstart programs to provide vision tests. If problems are identified, a network of doctors is available to offer free eyecare for kids in need.

Earlier this month, the group celebrated the screening of the one hundred thousandth child. Last year, they screened more 29,000 kids.