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Used Eyeglass/Hearing Aid Collection
If you have used eyeglasses you no longer need, please donate them to the Lions Club for recycling. Lions accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and empty plastic and metal frames. Children's glasses are especially needed. The club maintains many eyeglass/hearing aid collection sites throughout the Springfield-Franconia area, including most libraries, vision centers and Walmart.  By donating your used eyeglasses you can help those in need see clearly, possibly for the first time in their lives.  Please donate your used glasses so others might see. Click HERE for a list of collection sites managed by the club.

Eyeglass Recycling Center
Club members sort, wash, and package used eyeglasses at the Eyeglass Recycling Center in Arlington, VA several times each year in lieu of a regular dinner meeting. Lions clubs collect and distribute glasses throughout the world.  Glasses are provided to those in need free of charge to the individual. A pair of glasses may make the difference between someone being able to work or not, or a child being able to read or see the blackboard in school. For some, it means seeing clearly for the first time in their life.

Glasses and Hearing Aids
The club provides new eyeglasses and new or re-conditioned hearing aids to those in need right here in Springfield-Franconia.  Need is determined by Fairfax County agencies who pass the requests onto the club.  The club then ensures that the identified parties receive the much needed glasses or hearing aids. Free sight and hearing screenings are provided by the Lions of Virginia Mobile Sight and Hearing Van.

Local Activities
Within the Springfield-Franconia area the club supports Echo and Koinonia with yearly monetary donations and toys at Christmas. The club has also partnered with Garfield Elementary School to provide much needed support to low-income students and families.

State//National/International Activities
Each year, members of the club support the Remote Area Medical (RAM) project to support residents in WISE County, VA. RAM was started in 2000 and has been conducted each summer since. RAM is a joint service project by the Lions of Virginia and the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps from Knoxville TN. Southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee suffer from chronic high unemployment, poverty, and a lack of adequate health insurance. Many people are forced to make difficult choices, such as either buying food or medication, paying for doctor visits or for utility bills. Volunteers at RAM support on-site medical, vision and dental evaluations and care. Many glasses from the Northern Virginia Eyeglass Recycling Center are passed out each year. These glasses greatly affect the ability of adults to work and support their families and for children to suceed at school.

Club members have also supported several International medical and humanitarian missions to Bolivia, El Salvador, and Vietnam. These missions typically consist of sight screenings, eye glass distribution and eye surgeries. Some missions include other medical and dental treatment. Blindness, low vision or other major eye related medical problems including glaucoma, cataracts and trachoma are rarely treated locally in these areas.

Donations
The club donates over $20,000 per year to various local, state, national and international charities including:

Local:

Garfield, Crestwood and Lynbrook Elementary Schools

Koinonia

Echo

American Legion Boys and Girls State

Hayfield High School Leo Club

West Springfield H.S. Lions Club Service Award

Hidden Pond Nature Center

State:

VA Lions Eye Institute

Special Needs Equipment

VA Workers for the Blind

VA Lions Hearing Foundation

Lions of VA Mobile Sight and Hearing Van

Northern VA Eyeglass Recycle Center

Lions Help Line

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

VA Lions Hearing Aid Bank Foundation

Old Dominion Eye Foundation

Northern VA Lions Youth Camp

Lions Bland Music Scholarship Foundation

Lions of VA Foundation

Remote Area Medical (RAM)

National/International:

Shelter Box, USA

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Canine Companions for Independence

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Lions Club International Foundation

ALL funds received by the club, either from personal donations or from club fundraisers, are donated to charity.

Eyeglass/Hearing Aid Collection Sites

For Eyes Optical
6506 Loisdale Blvd.
Springfield, VA 

Visionworks, Springfield Town Center
6535 Springfield Mall
Springfield, VA 

Bauer’s Optical
6304 Springfield Plaza
Springfield, VA 

 
HourEyes                                                           
8424 Old Keene Mill Road                            
Springfield, VA  
Optometrists*                                                 
6098 Franconia Rd.
Alexandria, VA  

Kaiser Permanente Vision Services
6501 Loisdale Court
Springfield, VA 

Gene Rubin, Optometrist
5204 Rolling Rd.
Burke, VA

Advanced Eye Care*                                     
7013-D Manchester Blvd.                           Alexandria, VA 


The Vision Center (WalMart)
5800 Kingstowne Blvd.
Kingstowne, VA

 
Giant Food, Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center
7558 Telegraph Rd.
Alexandria, VA 

John Marshall Library (Closing mid-Apr 2017 for 12-18 mos. please take to another site)

6209 Rose Hill Dr.
Alexandria, VA 

Richard Byrd Library
6520 Commerce St.
Springfield, VA

Kingstowne Library  
6500 Landsdowne Centre
Alexandria, VA
                      
Kings Park Library
9000 Burke Lake Rd.
Burke, VA

Grace Presbyterian Church
7434 Bath St.
Springfield, VA                     

Little River United Church of Christ
8410 Little River Turnpike
Alexandria, VA

Eye 2 Eye Optometry Center, Hilltop Center
6475 Old Beulah St.
Alexandria, VA
 

Lee District RECenter
6601 Telegraph Rd

Alexandria, VA 

 

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