Lions Club of Batavia New York


ImageImageImageJune, 2012 - As spring cleaning gets under way, the Batavia Lions and the Student Councils of Jackson, John Kennedy and Robert Morris Elementary Schools are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the “Lions Recycle For Sight” program.
During the month of May, we will be collecting used prescription eyeglasses as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.  In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.
The donated glasses will then be shipped to a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.
To donate used glasses, please send them to school with a student and they will collected and placed in specially marked “Lions Recycle For Sight” collection boxes located in each building.
Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.  However, the primary work of the Lions Club is to promote healthy vision, both globally and locally.  In the Batavia area, we are involved in many projects that do just that.  We provide vision machines that enlarge print to help sight impaired individuals to read.  We have started screening preschool children from ages 1-5 for early signs of potential vision problems using new state of the art hand held digital screening machines - free of charge.  We help families pay for eye exams and glasses if they are unable to afford them.  We have provided computer programs that read aloud what is on a computer screen for individuals who cannot see the screen.  We also collect used eye glasses that are then refurbished and recycled so individuals can have the glasses they need.
The Batavia Lions Club is pleased to participate in this community service project with the students of our three city elementary schools.  We know it will help our efforts to collect used eyeglasses and are excited to give young students the opportunity to experience the satisfaction of service to others.