When Helen Keller named Lions “Knights of the Blind in the crusade against blindness,” Lions responded by making it our mission to serve blind and vision - impaired people everywhere. Today we are still known for our sight services - eyeglass recycling in particular.
You may have seen the Lions Club collection boxes for used glasses in facilities around town. This is how we collect the used glasses. Once they are collected, we count and box for shipment to Indianapolis, Indiana. There they are cleaned, the prescriptions are read, bagged, and boxed again for shipment.
Glasses are used by Lions on mission trips where they distribute a portion of them to third-world countries. Patients are tested and given glasses they need or a pair very close to the needed prescription. They may be given a pair for reading and a pair for distance. Some children cannot attend school because they are unable to see, something we take for granted every day.
Don’t ever throw away used eyeglasses. Find a Lions Collection Box or call a Lion. Leitchfield Lions meet on second and fourth Mondays, 6 p.m. at Golden Buffet. Visitors are welcome.