Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Manheim Township Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program

Lions help to conserve sight by providing usable eyeglasses to children and adults throughout the world. The World Health Organization estimates that over 180 million people are visually disabled. Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions in undeveloped nations lack access to basic eye care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for corrective lenses and continue to fight the problem with the Lions Recycle For Sight Program. Donated eyeglasses can help millions to experience corrected vision for the first time, enabling them to read, attend school, gain employment and take care of their families.

It is estimated that Lions Clubs collect more than 20 million glasses each year. Since the inception of its program through December 31, 2015, the Manheim Township Lions Club has collected 76,712 pairs of eyeglasses with an estimated value in excess of $1.5 million for recycling.

These figures do not include frames without lenses that are also recycled. Before glasses are sent to be recycled they are first sorted. Scratched lenses, broken or discolored frames are not sent. The glasses that do get sent are of high quality. The volume of glasses collected is much higher than the number sent to be recycled.

To donate used eyeglasses, place them in specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes. Click on the following link to view or download a list of our collection locations.

Thanks to our donors and our collection sites for supporting this program. Eyeglasses may also be given to any Lions Club member.

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