Usable Glasses Give New Life
Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions living in low and middle income countries lack access to basic eye care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for corrective lenses and collect usable glasses in their communities to support the Lions Recycle for Sight Program.
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Set up Collection Locations with Local Partners: Invite community partners such as local businesses, schools, optical shops, libraries, places of worship, city administrative centers and eye care professionals to host eyeglass collection boxes. Maintain contact with these partners and schedule regular pick-ups. Show your appreciation for collaboration and recognize their support.
Promote Your Club's Efforts: Publicize your collection activities to promote community awareness and encourage increased participation. Consider sharing a press release with local media. Add your club's collection locations and report your collection activities via MyLCI.
Connect with a Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (LERC): Send your collected eyeglasses to an official Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (LERC) for processing. There, the glasses are sorted to determine those that are usable or unusable, processed, and placed in inventory for distribution to optical missions around the world. Lions help to minimize landfill waste by supporting precious metal reclamation and scrap processing for damaged glasses that are unusable.
Lions and Walmart: USA Eyeglass Collection
In the United States, many Walmart stores with Vision Centers have LCI/Walmart co-branded eyeglass collection boxes to facilitate the ease of eyeglass donations from the public. Glasses collected at these locations are sent by Walmart to designated official Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers. Contact the Walmart Vision Center nearest you to verify if they have a Lions eyeglass collection box.
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