Donate Your Used – Yet Usable – Eyeglasses
Millions of children and adults in developing nations lack access to basic eye care services and corrective lenses. Poor vision profoundly affects their quality of life. For children, vision loss can lead to failure in school, delays in development, learning disabilities and even juvenile delinquency. For adults, uncorrected vision can lead to unemployment and the inability to support a family. Seniors with vision loss are limited in performing daily activities, depriving them of an independent lifestyle.
Lions Recycle For Sight
The Chestertown Lions Club collects used eyeglasses for donation to Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers that are located around the world. The used eyeglasses are cleaned and classified by prescription. Trained Lions volunteers and other organizations hosting optical missions in developing countries then distribute the glasses to those in need.
How You Can Help
If you have used prescription or nonprescription glasses or sunglasses in your drawers, desks, or closets, you can donate them now! Children’s glasses are especially needed. Both plastic and metal frames are accepted.
Community Drop-Off Locations
Take glasses to the nearest drop-off location in our community. Lions-sponsored collection boxes may be found at the following locations:
- Peoples Bank – Intersection of Routes 213 and 291
- Trinity Lutheran Church – Washington Avenue
- Super Fresh – Washington Square Shopping Center
- Chester River Yacht & Country Club
- Hospital Lobby
- Dependable Eye Care
- Heron Point
- Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Sandy Bottom Road, off Route 20
If you would like more information about donating used eyeglasses, or if your organization or school would like to start an eyeglass collection campaign, please contact us.