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Photo of the Week: Sterling Lions Club Recycles 91,556 Pairs of Eyeglasses

May 2, 2011

Each year during May, we celebrate Lions Recycle for Sight month. We found this week’s photo at The Journal Advocate.

Sterling Lions Club Recycles for Sight

This photo shows members of the Sterling Lions Club taking a break after packing thousands of recycled eyeglasses. In 2010, the club partnered with the Sterling Correctional Facility and Logan Industries to recycle 91,556 pairs of eyeglasses that will give the gift of sight to those in need.

If your club is doing an eyeglass recycling project this month, please leave a comment below to let us know.

  1. Sam Linder. First VP, The New London Connecticut U.S.A. Lions Club and Chairperson of the Club Eyeglass Collection & Vision Committees. permalink
    May 14, 2011 5:35 am

    The New London Connecticut U.S.A. Lions Club shipped approximately 2,300 pairs of used eyeglasses in late 11/2010 to The Republic of the Philippines to be distributed to indigent residents.

    And, in mid 04/2011, the Club shipped 8 boxes of collected glasses weighing approximately 180 pounds to ReSpecs in Los Angeles, CA. for recycling and restoration. In mid-06/2011, ReSpecs (which periodically advertises in The Lion) will be sending a check to the Club for the shipment. That money will be FULLY redistributed via the Club’s Community Fund for dissemination to exemplarary New London High School seniors who are planning to attend college and to The Center of the Blind (in New London).

    • May 14, 2011 1:58 pm

      Thanks for sharing your projects, and for all that you do to help the visually impaired and your community. 🙂

  2. Sandra permalink
    May 2, 2011 5:53 pm

    Our Club, Mount Vernon, WA in conjunction with 3 other area clubs in the Zone, have banded together to clean and sort thousands of pairs of eyeglasses. Two of our club members will be going to Paraguay this year, on a mission to deliver eyeglasses and perform cataract surgeries!

    • May 2, 2011 6:41 pm

      So excited to hear about another great eyeglass recycling project! If you take any photos/videos during the mission in Paraguay, please email to me at

      Thanks! Eileen/Web Editor

  3. May 2, 2011 5:52 pm

    See this page for our Google map of glasses collection sites.

    Our regular collection from these brought in some 125 pairs in April.

    Berkeley California Host Lions Club

    • May 2, 2011 6:39 pm

      So glad hear about your eyeglass recycling project and wonderful results!

  4. Gregory Ruiz /President Rincon, P.R. 00677 permalink
    May 2, 2011 1:26 pm

    We have been involved this year in recycling glasses, and up to this moment we have collected a total of 78 pairs that are ready to be taken to any needy person that is without a pair of eyeglasses.

    • May 2, 2011 2:12 pm

      Thanks for your comment … and for letting us know about your club’s eyeglass recycling project. 🙂


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