As spring cleaning gets underway, the Sand Lake Lions are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle for Sight program.
During the months of April and May, the Sand Lake Lions Club will be 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, reading glasses and sunglasses,” said Rick Long, project chairman. “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), place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes located in Sand Lake at Independent Bank, Wesco, the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, and Sand Lake Foods.
The Sand Lake Lions Club is looking for new members, and meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., and the fourth Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library. 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, please contact Rick Long at (616) 813-7533.