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Evening Lions collecting eye glasses

on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Posted in News, Local News

In almost every dresser or cabinet drawers, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are not being used. That same pair of glasses can provide a life changing event in the lives of another person. Imagine if you could help a child read. An adult succeed in his/her job. A senior maintain their independence. Every day, Lions recycled eyeglass program do all of this and more.

The Florence Evening Lions Club has the ongoing need for corrective lenses and collects usable glasses to support the Lions Recycle for Sight Program. The club is continually collecting 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 often unaffordable and inaccessible. “We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses,” said Waylon Hilley, Sight Conservation Chairperson.

“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 a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.

To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses), collection boxes marked ‘Lions Recycle’ are available at the following locations: Walmart Vision Center, South Irby, Palmetto Vision Center, 2130 W. Palmetto St., Harrington Vision Center, 2151-G W. Evans St., Stokes Regional Eye Center, 602 E. Cheves St., Carolinas Centers For Sight, 400N. Cashua Dr., Russell Eye Care 244 W. Evans.

The Florence Evening Lions Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Lizard Thicket. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved contact Matt Jones at 803-494-3125.

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