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Original Title: Rancho Cordova Company Makes Huge Donation to Hurricane Victims

A Sacramento-area business owner is making a donation to victims of Hurricane Katrina that rivals those of much larger companies.

Rancho Cordova-based Vision Service Plan has pledged to offer victims $15 million worth of eye care services.

Roger Valine, who runs VSP, figured many evacuees lost their glasses and contacts in the rush to leave flooded, devastated homes. "It actually made me think, what can we do?" said Valine. "We don't have employees there but what can we do that would be really beneficial?"

VSP, annually ranked as one of the best places to work in national surveys, quickly came up with a plan. The company has already handed out 23,000 certificates for free eye exams and glasses. That's about half of what Valine plans to give. "What we'd like to do is help 50,000 people," he said.

Those who work at what is the nation's largest eye care benefits provider say they're not surprised by VSP's action. "It's very much in character," said Reanna Lacy. "If they can do something, They do it, and they do it big."

In addition, VSP will help hurricane survivors access eye care by sending mobile units to wherever they're needed.

VSP is already receiving an enthusiastic response from those it's helping. One school nurse sent an e-mail saying that through the company's generosity, two children will be able to get much-needed glasses.

The company is also matching employees contributions to hurricane relief efforts.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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