President: Maynard Stevens: 681-2040
Treasurer: Gerd Burger: 542-4211
Please drop off your used eye glasses, hearing aids and used postage stamps at the New Minas Civic Centre.
2nd Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Business
4th Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Business
Recycled Eyeglass Program
In 1925, Helen Keller attended the International Lions Convention held at Cedar Point, Ohio, USA and asked the following of the Lions of Convention:
“I Appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness”?
Since that date, Lions have been working diligently to prevent blindness around the world.
One of the ways that the New Minas & District Lions Club helps with this request is to collect used eyeglasses.
The Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre in Calgary receives eyeglasses that are collected by Lions and other volunteers from coast to coast in Canada and are processed in partnership with the Calgary Correctional Centre.
Lions have been recycling eyeglasses for over 80 years. One goal of the program is to meet the demand for quality eyeglasses in developing nations.
Since November 1996, we, at our centre report a collection of approximately 4 million pairs of eyeglasses and distributed over 2.8 million pairs bringing sight to those in the greatest need. This is our greatest mission throughout the world.
All eyeglasses received are carefully examined by volunteer offenders. Eyeglasses are then sanitized, hand dried, inspected and repaired where necessary. Glasses are then read for prescription and placed into zip loc bags.
The eyewear is now ready for distribution to organizations within Canada for overseas missions.
We can go down to the local Optometrist and buy a pair of NEW eyeglasses in a few hours for about $200.00. We are very fortunate.
For most of the world, glasses are too scarce and expensive. They are not an option. Children drop out of school because they cannot see well enough to read. Parents who need glasses may lose their jobs. It is estimated that one tenth of the people in developing countries need glasses. The need is put at more than 50 million people.
The types of glasses collected are: Trifocal, Bifocal, Single Vision, Sunglasses, Children’s Glasses, Reading Glasses and Safety Glasses.
Please do not throw away someone’s chance for a clearer tomorrow. Please donate your used eyeglasses to the New Minas Lions Club today.
Donation boxes are located at the following locations: Wal-Mart Vision Centre, Zellers Pharmacy, Village Office, Vogue Optical and Eye Care Optical Ltd.
The New Minas Lions Club also collect used Postage Stamps, Hearing Aids and used Cell Phones for other club projects.
For further information, please contact Lion Mary Stevens at 681-2040.
1. Lion Shirley Reid is presenting of a cheque to Belinda Manning of Habitat for Humanity’s Nova Scotia Annapolis Valley Wolfville project.
2. Lion Eric Cox is presenting Princess New Minas, Erika Brown with a donation to assist with her expenses as Princess.
3. Lion Peter Wallis presenting the Lions Easter Basket to winner Dot Butler of Wilmot.