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Consultant Working To Provide Free Eclipse Glasses To Soldiers




A South Carolina-based political consultant has started an online campaign to raise money so that recruits stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C. can safely watch next week’s solar eclipse.

R.J. May III launched a GoFundMe page earlier this week asking donors to help him raise funds.  His page has been shared by numerous elected officials, including newly elected U.S. congressman Ralph Norman and State Senators Wes Climer and Katrina Shealy.

May’s original goal was to raise $32,000 to supply roughly 5,000 recruits with glasses – but he was able to negotiate a “below-cost deal” with a supplier of glasses approved by the American Astronomical Society.

According to May, the new goal is $8,000 – of which $2,710 has currently been raised (enough to purchase 1,800 pairs of ISO approved glasses).

“We’re still short of our goal,” May said on Thursday morning. “We need to place the order by early Friday morning to ensure overnight delivery.”

May is encouraging donors to give $20 to the cause – which would allow his group to purchase glasses for thirteen recruits.



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