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November 5, 2013 > Union City Lions Recycle for Sight

Union City Lions Recycle for Sight

Submitted By Cathie Kelly

The Union City Lions is asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle For Sight Program.

The Lions Club, a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill them, collects used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is unaffordable and inaccessible.

ÒWe need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses,Ó said Kevin Finnerty, Union City Lions Club President. ÒIn most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one monthÕs wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.Ó

The donated eyeglasses will be shipped to our regional Lions Eyeglass Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription, and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups. The Union City Lions Club often participates in trips to rural villages in Mexico. The volunteers accompany a volunteer doctor to an area where the doctor gives eye exams and volunteers distribute glasses to the local residents.

To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses), place them in specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes. There are boxes at all New Haven Schools as well as the School District Office and the Corporation Yard. There are boxes at the Union City Library, the Union City Senior Center, the Nakamura Clinic, Costco, and at several eye doctorsÕ offices in Union City. Please ask your eye doctor if the office has a recycling box. All of these collection sites are available to the public year round.

Lions Clubs also accepts used hearing aids for recycling in a program that is similar to their eyeglass-recycling program. Used hearing aids may be placed in the eyeglasses receptacles and will be collected at the same time as the eyeglasses.

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