Elburn Lions recycle for sight

By on April 30, 2009

As spring cleaning gets under way, the Elburn Lions are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle For Sight program.

During May and throughout the year, the Elburn Lions Club collects used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses and used hearing aids, as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses are prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

“We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses,” said Nick Carter, Elburn Eyeglasses Collection Chairman. “In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages, and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.”

The donated glasses will be shipped to a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.

To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses) or hearing aids, place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes at the Elburn Town and Country Library, Dave’s Barbershop, Eyes on Elburn optometrist, Elburn Eye Care optometrist, Old Second Bank, Fifth Third Bank and our newest site, John Stewart Elementary School. Glasses and hearing aids also can be dropped off at Elburn Lions Park.

For more information or to get involved with the Elburn Lions Club, contact Tim Klomhaus at TimK@ElburnLions.com or visit ElburnLions.com.