Donations of Eyeglasses Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
- Lion Betty Fandel heads up the eyeglass donation program.
- Terry said club member Jim Dooley came up with the idea, but gave the students free rein as to the design and construction of the box.
- Just the neighbors to your right, left and across the street could amass a dozen or more unwanted glasses.
- Eyeglass cases cannot be redistributed due to sanitary issues and health guidelines.
- Students in Terry’s carpentry classes designed and built the custom eyeglass donation box for the club.
When the eyeglasses arrive in these countries, doctors and technicians conduct eye exams and provide a free pair of prescription eyeglasses that are as close as possible to that person’s sight needs. All donations accepted on lionsclubs.org support Lions Clubs International Foundation , which is a 501 tax-exempt public charitable organization. Lions Clubs International is a 501 tax-exempt social welfare organization and is not eligible to accept or solicit charitable donations. Throughout the year, Lions,Leosand other volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regionalLions Eyeglass Recycling Centers . LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact.
Additional drop off locations – Using Cardboard Boxes
The best way for an individual to receive eyeglasses or hearing aids assistance from Lions International is to get in contact with a local Lions club or a district in your area. Local Lions clubs are comprised of a group of volunteers who implement projects and programs in their communities, and at times provide direct assistance to individuals. Lion volunteers and eye care professionals screen thousands of children and adults during sight missions, providing them—free of charge—with prescription lenses, frames and ultimately a better quality of life. Since 1994 the Lions of Illinois Foundation have distributed more than 5,000,000 pairs of donated previously owned eyeglasses. These recycled eyeglasses are given to people in need, with the help of various medical missionaries, in Central and South America and across the globe. When the eyeglasses arrive in these countries, doctors and technicians conduct free eye exams and provide a free pair of prescription eyeglasses that are as close as possible to that person’s sight needs.
After carefully packaging the refurbished spectacles, Lions store them until they can be distributed, usually through humanitarian missions to developing nations. Lion Betty Fandel heads up the eyeglass donation program. To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief – to serve their community.
The following FIVE Yellow and Blue painted mail boxes with the Lions’ emblem on sides
Although the program was officially adopted by the association in 1994, Lions have been collecting glasses for more than 80 years. Terry said club member Jim Dooley came up with the idea, but gave the students free rein as to the design and construction of the box. The students said they appreciated being able to build something that will benefit others. Together, our Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies – and aiding in long-term reconstruction.
Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions living in low and middle income countries lack access to basic eye care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for corrective lenses and collect usable glasses in their communities to support the Lions Recycle For Sight Program. Free Donation/Collection boxes are available from the LIF to place in local stores or use at a Club & community function. Great distances have proven to be an obstacle the needy are willing to overcome when there is the promise of regaining vision.