||This year we will be collecting used eyeglasses for the Service Project. These eyeglasses will be donated to the Lions Club International, where they will recycle them and get them to those in need. Sunglasses are also accepted! You can begin a collection drive at your local facilities and parks and then bring them to conference where we will total the amount collected to report. We encourage you to share your efforts with us so that we can let everyone know about the great work you're doing.
From the Lions Club Website:
Why Recycle Glasses?
An estimated 120 million people* are visually impaired because of uncorrected refractive errors (far and near sightedness). Almost all cases can be corrected and normal vision can be restored with eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery. The lack of eyeglasses denies children and adults opportunities for education, employment and a better quality of life. The Journey of Recycled Glasses
- Lions and Leos collect used eyeglasses at various community locations.
- The glasses are shipped to the nearest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where trained volunteers sort, clean and determine the prescription strengths of the glasses.
- Volunteers at the recycling center carefully package the prepared glasses and store them until they are required for eyeglass dispensing missions. Glasses that are not suitable for reuse are recycled for scrap, with the earnings benefitting local Lions and Leos projects.
- At the mission site, eye care professionals and trained Lion and Leo volunteers perform vision screenings and dispense the appropriate recycled glasses, free of charge, to children and adults in need.
*World Health Organization Statistics