Lions Joint Sight Program

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 23:00

As you begin your spring cleaning think about donating your used eyeglasses (prescription and non-prescription) as part of a unique recycling program. We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in Alaska and developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. 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 the Aurora Borealis Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in North Pole where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.

Lions Joint Sight Program is made up of lions from various lions clubs in Alaska. The committee meets once a month to review requests for assistance. The needs of children are considered first. If there are funds then they evaluate the need for adult assistance. It is critical that when requesting assistance that the patient provides enough information for Lions to provide the service. Ensure your application for assistance has all your current contact information as we will not be able to assist you if we cannot contact you. If you do qualify, lions will provide you assistance with not only your eye exams but setting up appointments and purchasing your glasses. Locally, since November, Joint Sight has collected 26 banker boxes of eyeglasses which were sent to the recycling center in North Pole.

To donate used glasses (including sunglasses, reading glasses and cases), place them in specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes located at Family Pharmacy, Carr’s, Fred Meyer and locate eye doctor’s offices, or the Eagle River library. The Bear Mountain Leos collect them each week for packaging to the North Pole once a container is filled.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and mad a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

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