BLINDNESS CURE: Store Pulls Donation Jar

A five year old Polk City girl may have to put off a procedure that could cure her blindness, because of a new policy at a convenience store.

Eva Allen has been blind since birth.  She has a condition where her optic nerves never fully developed.  The condition could be corrected with stem cells, the procedure is 85-percent effective, but isn’t available in the US, so Eva and her parents would have to travel to Thailand.

That’s going to cost about $50-thousand.

Over the past three years, the family has raised most of that, about $45-thousand, and is only $5,000 short.  They were collecting donations at the Polk City Kum and Go.

“Until one day somebody went into Kum & Go and tried to put money in the jar and it was gone,” explains Eva’s mother, Sara Allen.  “The manager said that it is against their policy to put it out so they had to take it away.”

A spokeswoman for Kum & Go was not available for comment, but a manager at the store tells us a new policy forbids having collection jars in the store.

If you would like to help a fund has been set up at First Federal Savings Bank in Ankeny in Eva Allen’s name.