A few years ago, Danielle rescued a stray kitten, and now that spunky kitty is changing hundreds of lives by helping children with eye problems feel more confident about wearing glasses and eye patches.
Truffles, now famous for her glamorous glasses — which range from sparkling purple ones to her favorite green pair — works alongside her mom, an optician who runs her own practice in Mechanicsburg, where her primary focus is infants, toddlers, and children in elementary school.
When kids come in — many with severe eye problems that require multiple surgeries, medications and treatments — they are often terrified of anything coming near their eyes. That’s when Truffles comes to the rescue!
“She is literally magical with little kids,” her mom said. “It takes me at least half an hour to try and get to know them so they realize I’m not something to be afraid of, and Truffles will come strutting out from the back as if she knows exactly when I need her help.”
Truffles hops right up next to the child and tilts her head up so her mom can put on a pair of glasses; the child’s mood changes instantly. Tears turn into smiles, and suddenly those glasses don’t look so scary anymore.
Wearing glasses is one of Truffles’ favorite things to do. She often falls asleep wearing them and refuses to let mom take them off. Every day, Truffles chooses one of her nearly 20 pairs of unique glasses and prances around in them happily.
“If she had thumbs she would do it herself, she actually loves it,” her mom said. “She can take them off whenever she wants, but a lot of times she chooses not to.”