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Local group donating solar eclipse glasses to less fortunate

By Tara Clow Apr 11, 2024 | 1:19 PM

Before you throw away your solar eclipse glasses, consider donating them.

Thousands were able to experience a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse on Monday, with the help of a pair of solar glasses.

“I was so blessed that my kids got to experience something like that. I kept thinking about people in other countries, and wondering how they would see one. They’re going to hurt their eyes. So I was looking online at where we can send them. We can share that experience with others around the world,” says Co-Founder of Queens of Heart Diani Blanco.

The group is now collecting the glasses and will ship them to Astronomers Without Borders.

Blanco wants to collect thousands of pairs and ship them by the end of May.

“Everyone should be able to enjoy an eclipse.  It is such a wonderful experience,” Blanco adds.

Queens of Heart is based in Moncton and was created post-COVID to assist others who are struggling with emergency needs including food, hygiene products and other items.

“We focus on struggling families, especially single parents. We have a lot of single dads or single mothers who are struggling right now to get by, so we do emergency boxes and drop off like food,” Blanco adds.

Areas covered include Moncton, Fredericton, Miramichi, Bathurst, and Sackville.

“It’s amazing how it’s growing,” Blanco says.

Solar eclipse glasses can be dropped off at:
300 Dominion St, Moncton and 91 John St. Moncton

Or mailed to:
Diani Blanco
91 John St, Moncton, NB E1C 2H3
192 Gould St, Dieppe, NB E1A 1T9