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Columbia, South Carolina, Is Giving Eclipse Glasses to Homeless Community Members

So is Nashville, Tennessee.

In certain ways, this afternoon’s eclipse is a great equalizer: we’re all under the same sun, and everyone within the path of totality today will be able to enjoy the same few minutes of wonder.

If you want to watch the event with abandon, though, it’s best to wear a pair of eclipse glasses—currently a hard-to-find accessory. To that end, at least two cities have been providing free eclipse glasses to homeless community members.

In Columbia, South Carolina, the city has teamed up with United Way of the Midlands to give out 250 pairs of glasses in parks and at bus stops, WLTX reports. “It’s not just for safety purposes, but it’s also an engagement tool to get people to the resources and the services they need,” Karina Henry of the United Way told the outlet.

Meanwhile, everyone who stayed at Nashville Rescue Mission in Nashville, Tennessee, last night got a pair of glasses, delivered by American Paper Optics after the mission expressed a need.

“We are grateful,” the Rescue Mission’s Cheryl Noe told WSMV. “Now we can just be excited about the eclipse.”

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