Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses

Provided by the Robert D and Jessie L Stinnett Foundation

We’re thrilled to be giving away and offering at a greatly reduced cost over 500,000 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses to individuals and families to enjoy the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse safely!  The glasses are provided by the Robert D and Jessie L Stinnett Foundation, a privately held memorial foundation that supports educational initiatives in memory of Robert D and Jessie L Stinnett of St. Louis, MO.  As part of this effort we will also be visiting shopping centers and community groups during the spring and summer of 2017 in Carbondale, IL,  Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, Chesterfield, MO, and Boonville, MO to distribute both glasses as well as other educational materials.

Why are you doing this?

For many people across the USA this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  This is the first time that so many people across a large part of the country will be ableFree Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses to witness a total solar eclipse.  In fact, it’s been over 100 years since a similar event has occurred in this area!  This is a great chance for kids, adults, and kids-at-heart to witness an event that really pauses our everyday hectic lives for a few minutes.  It’s also a great opportunity for children and adults of all ages to learn more about astronomy, what causes eclipses and hopefully get people more interested in science in general!

However, to totally be able to witness this incredible event you must protect your eyes.  It is never safe to look directly at the sun.  Serious and permanent eye damage will occur if you do not take precautions and use proper eclipse viewing safety glasses that meet CE & ISO standards. Only during the period of totality, less than 3 minutes, is it safe to look directly at the sun.

NASA provides a wonderful reference page talking about safety during an eclipse that we encourage you to read and share with family and friends.  We’ve also put together a resource page for teachers, parents and families with links to educational, safety and science resources.

With all this in mind, we decided to make sure that as many people as possible could enjoy this event without having to worry about finding or affording glasses.  We were shocked when we learned that some places were selling glasses for as much as $5.00 per pair.  This way we feel everyone, from inner-city school kids to those living on farms in the heartland, can enjoy this event safely!  Through our charitable foundation, we have helped provide over 150,000 pairs to schools and other community organizations.

How do I get eclipse shades for me or my family?

Help pay for postage and mailing costs, we’ll send you up to 12 pair!


We’re thrilled to be able to help get glasses into the hands of families at a greatly reduced cost.  We hope this helps you and your family enjoy the August 21, 2017 eclipse safely.  Please note that due to the cost that Paypal charges (up to 33%) we have to add in their fees.  We also account for the cost of envelope and mailing labels, plus getting our volunteers a bite to eat now and then (they sort of like that!).  We also allow for you to request up to 12 pairs at a time via this option – perfect for larger families.

To use this option, please use the box  below.  You may request 4, 8 or 12 pairs at a time.

It typically takes 4-5 weeks for these to get mailed to you due to demand – remember, we are just volunteers!  We will continue to offer this program until August 1, 2017.

We are temporarily suspending this program until July 1, 2017 to allow us to catch up with the tremendous number of requests.  Our bulk order program is still available, however.

How do schools, businesses, social groups or larger organizations get the viewing glasses?

We have developed a secondary program to help schools, businesses and other organizations get solar eclipse glasses for 50-cents each. Through this program we want to defray the cost as much as possible to help as many people as possible be able to witness this events safely.  If you are a business, group leader or school that is in search of eclipse glasses for your members, employees or students we hope that this program can greatly reduce your cost to obtain them.  More information is on our bulk order page.

Questions?  Thoughts?  Cool Eclipse story to share?  I’d love to hear from you!  Drop me a line at and let me know what is on your mind!