Medford Lions Club Recycle Eyeglasses for Sight


Medford, MA - Donate your old glasses for the less fortunate.


Mat Holis CLUB PRESIDENT - 617-470-9797
Scott Nelson - 781-820-2518 or Pondguard1@aol.com


MEDFORD LIONS RECYCLE FOR SIGHT

Medford, MA - October 15th, 2009. As Fall/Winter cleaning season gets underway, the Medford Lions Club is asking people to look through drawers and closets for old, unwanted eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle for Sight program.

During the month of October & November, the Medford Lions Club will be collecting used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses as part of a unique recycling program throughout the United States and Canada. The glasses will be distributed to those in need in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

"We need everyone to donate their old glasses," said Matt Hollis Medford Lions Club president. "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 glasses will be shipped to one of ten Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups. According to the World Health Organization, the eyesight of approximately one-fourth of the world's population can be improved through the use of a corrective lens.

To donate used eyeglasses, place them in specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection bin located in Prudential Prime Properties Wolfson Cutler Real Estate - 366 Salem St. Medford, MA.


When Donating Eyeglasses

•Please send both plastic and metal frames. Remove loose and broken lenses or damaged lenses and frames. Rather than store glasses for a long time, send as soon as possible to one of the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers. Time, extreme temperature and weather conditions cause damage to frames and lenses, often rendering them useless.

•Pack eyeglasses in a sturdy corrugated cardboard box. Layer rows of eyeglasses with tissue paper, newspaper or styrofoam. (Please avoid using shredded packing materials or styrofoam "peanuts.")

•Seal box with strapping tape.

•Be sure label is legible and include your return address.

•Used eyeglasses are of no commercial value; therefore, choose the least expensive means of shipping to the recycling centers (usually third or fourth class mail.) Label the box, "No commercial value."

•Please notify the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center before sending large shipments of eyeglasses.

Please Refer to: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/planning-sight-projects/eyeglass-recycling/eyeglass-guidelines.php


In these difficult times you can really make a world of difference to someone with bad/poor eyesight but cannot afford to purchase the necessary glasses. Please feel free to contact Matt or Scott if you would also like to help out with an additional eyeglass drop off box.




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