Brownies Trick-or-Treat for Used Eyeglasses

– This year, Brownie Girl Scouts collected more than candy on Halloween. They helped Give the Gift of Sight by gathering used eyeglasses while on their trick-or-treat trek throughout our community.

The River City Lions Club worked with Brownie Troops 585 and 725 and Junior Girl Scout Troop 512 to collect used eyeglasses on Sight Night, October 31. The used eyeglasses they collected were sorted November 11 at Schwegler School, and will be recycled and hand-delivered by Lions Club volunteers to people in developing countries who can't afford eyeglasses. After removing the broken or unusable pairs (many will be recycled for precious metals), about 1,000 pairs of glasses were carefully packed, to be calibrated and re-sorted by prescription.

According to the World Health Organization, one-fourth of the world needs corrective eyewear, but many people, especially those in developing countries, do not have access to it. Each year, Give the Gift of Sight sponsors optical missions to developing countries such as Mexico, Bolivia, Laos, and Thailand. (Federal law prohibits re-distribution within the US.)

To find out more about Lions Clubs in Lawrence, contact The River City Lions at 785-550-6060. To learn more about Sight Night visit www.sightnight.org or call toll-free 1-877-605-4242.

Give the Gift of Sight charitable programs have provided eyeglasses to people in need across North America and in more than 24 developing countries. Each year volunteers and doctors help more than 500,000 people worldwide.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with 1.4 million members in more than 44,600 clubs in 189 countries. Lions clubs have been collecting and recycling eyeglasses for more than 70 years.


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    Used eyeglasses can be dropped off at:
  • Mass Street 66 Auto Service
    1843 Massachusetts
  • Audio-Reader
    1120 w. 11th
  • Community Mercantile
    901 Iowa
  • Independence, Inc.
    2001 Haskell
  • Hy-Vee pharmacies
    3504 Clinton Parkway and
    4000 west Sixth St.