STANTON CA, June 2013: As we head into summer, the Stanton Lions are asking people to look through their dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and hearing aids. The Stanton Lions have found that sumer is the greatest opportunity for collection is in spring.
Families run across unused spectacles and hearing aids when they are packing for a move or searching for vacation gear. Used prescription glasses are part of the Lions unique recycling programs. They will be cleaned, evaluated, and sorted for distribution in less developed countries where eye care is often too expensive for low income families.
Hearing Aids are also evaluated and recycled.
Most of the glasses donated to Lions Clubs in the Southern California are given to residents of rural Mexico. For many of them, it’s their first pair of glasses. Lions clubs volunteer to clean the glasses and sort them by prescription strength. Volunteer doctors give eye exams and prescribe glasses. It may seem like finding a needle in a haystack, but because there are thousands of donated pairs, it is possible in most cases to find glasses with a matching prescription.
Thus the cost of making a new pair of glasses is eliminated; less advantaged person has an opportunity to become educated, seek employment, or see their grandchildren.
Lion David Parikh explains that it’s easy to recycle. “If you live or work in the Anaheim, Stanton, or Cypress, we have two collection points. The Boys and Girls Club, near Beach and Katella and the office of Dr. Wilkins near Ball and Walker in Cypress. Your un-used eyeglasses and hearing aids can improve the quality of life of someone with poor vision or hearing.”
He went on to say that the Stanton Lions Club can provide a pair of free eyeglasses or hearing aids for people in our community if they are in financial need. And the Lions Club sponsors youth to join after school programs if their parents cannot afford the fees. Applications can be downloaded from our website StantonLions.org
This is a video from our Lion friends in the Florida. They have a similar operation to the Southern California Lions. You can see the vast number of glasses they process, and each pair could change the life of a resident in a less developed country.