Lions Collect 12,000 Pair of Used Eyeglasses

As part of an ongoing program, the local Lions Sight & Hearing Center six-person Board of Directors collects and counts the used eyeglasses they collect annually. We proudly announce that approximately 12,000 pair of used eyeglasses were collected during this year’s 2016 drive, up again from the previous year, proclaimed Board President Bob Mangus.
The Lions Sight & Hearing Center has representatives from the Santa Barbara Host, Carpinteria and Goleta clubs, who have been collecting used eyeglasses for the last 15 years. It is one of their major annual goals.
There are collection boxes throughout Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria where glasses are collected year-round. A list of locations is available from the Lions Sight and Hearing Center office, by calling 569-8264, Recycling Chairman John Pace recapped.
After collection, the used eyeglasses are given out in developing countries… all at no charge. Volunteer doctors and Lions volunteers travel and take glasses with them, first performing free eye exams.
The three Lions Clubs described above are a part of District 4a3, which encompasses a large geographical area and has clubs in some of the following cities: Paso Robles, Ojai, Ventura, Oxnard, Pismo, Santa Maria, Camarillo, Morro Bay, Atascadero, Templeton, SLO, Simi Valley Moorpark, Arroyo Grande, and Santa Paula/Fillmore and more. Many of these cities’ Lions Clubs are collecting used eyeglasses in their areas as well.


Jean Mangus, 569-8264

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