The Lions Club collects prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of a worldwide recycling program.
“We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses,” said John Merriss, the Johnson City club’s president. “In many developing countries, eye care is often unaffordable or unavailable. An eye exam can cost as much as a month’s wages, and there are few eye doctors. This program reaches hundreds of thousands of people every year, improving their lives by improving their sight.”
Twice every year a delegation of Lions from throughout East Tennessee heads to the Roanoke, Va., Regional Eyeglass Recycling Center for a day of volunteer work, cleaning, categorizing and packing glasses. The next trip is scheduled for April 20.
“There are only 17 recycling centers in the world, so we’re very fortunate to have one in our region. Last fall we took 4,000 pairs of donated glasses to Roanoke, and we’re hoping to take that many again in April. But to reach that, we need people to clean out their drawers and drop them in our collection boxes,” Merriss said.
To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses), just put them in the specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes located at both Walmarts in Johnson City or at any participating optometrist or ophthalmologist in Washington County. Other collection points include Town Hall in Jonesborough and the new Memorial Park Community Center in Johnson City.
For more information visit the Johnson City Lions website http://johnsoncity.tnlions.org/ , and the Lions International website http://www.lionsclubs.org.