A 12-year-old Minnesota boy who is “extremely” color blind was moved to tears when he tried on a pair of glasses that allowed him to see color for the first time on November 21, the boy’s mother said on social media.
Jonathan Jones was in class at Lake View High School in Cottonwood, Minnesota, when Principal Scott Hanson — who is also color blind — let him try on special glasses that help alleviate color blindness.
Video shows Jonathan’s stunned reaction after swapping out his regular glasses for the other pair. The boy can’t help but laugh, cry, look around, and smile widely while adjusting to his new view.
Jonathan was diagnosed with color blindness when he was nine, local media reported, adding that he struggles to see certain colors and said what he sees is “dull and muted.”
“So what do you think there?” Hanson asks Jonathan, who gives a thumbs up and wipes tears from his eyes. Hanson and Jonathan’s mother, Carole Jones, embrace the boy during the emotional moment. Wearing the glasses, Jonathan wanders around the classroom to look at a colorful periodic table and vibrant designs on the wall.
“Hey Jon, if you could laugh and cry on the same day — that is the greatest day ever,” the principal says before allowing Jonathan to keep the glasses “for a little while.”
After Jonathan’s experience, his mother set out to raise money to buy him his own pair of glasses. She created a GoFundMe with the intention of buying her son a pair, and donating additional money to a foundation that gifts color blind glasses to others who cannot afford them, according to the campaign’s description.
As of November 23, the GoFundMe surpassed its $350 goal and raised more than $14,000.
“We are overwhelmed and encouraged to know there are so many amazing people in this world who would help a young man they have never met,” the description said. Credit: @thecarolejones via Storyful