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Tidelands Health says its supply of free eclipse glasses is gone

Tidelands Health says its supply of free eclipse glasses is gone, (WPDE)

If you didn't reserve your free eclipse glasses from Tidelands Health, it's now too late.

In late June, the hospital system began offering up to four free pairs of eclipse glasses to residents of Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties. Thousands of pairs of glasses have been claimed in less than three weeks, and Tidelands Heath staff say the supply of glasses has been exhausted.

75,000 pairs of glasses will be given to families and community groups in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties, according to a news release.

“We’re honored to play a part in such a wonderful experience for so many families in our region,” said Amy Stevens, vice president of marketing and communications. “Helping people enjoy the eclipse safely is part of our mission to help people live better lives through better health.”

The free eclipse glasses are part of the health system's #seeitsafely campaign.

Related: Tidelands Health stresses solar eclipse safety

Meteorologists and astronomers say, on August 21, 2017, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse where, for a short time, the sun disappears behind the moon.

This is the first total solar eclipse to happen coast-to-coast over the U.S. since 1918, and the first total solar eclipse to happen anywhere over the lower 48 since 1979.

The path of totality--where the sun will completely disappear behind the moon for a time, will stretch across 14 states, including parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

The eclipse glasses will be mailed out in early August.

For more information on how to safely watch the solar eclipse, click here.


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