153 Million Reasons Lions Recycle for Sight

According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism).

Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses.

Still, millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don't have glasses. They can't learn, because reading is difficult. They can't work to the best of their ability, because they can't see clearly.

It costs Lions less than US$0.08 to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses and change someone's life.

For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life.  For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors it means less dependence on others.

Lions clubs collect millions of eyeglasses each year, making eyeglass recycling one of our most popular activities.

Free for You – Priceless to Them

Imagine if you could help a child read. An adult succeed in his job. A senior maintain her independence. And provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive.

Everyday, our recycled eyeglass programs do all of this and more. Here's how you can help.

Drop Your Eyeglasses in Lions Collection Boxes

You can drop off your old eyewear at Lions-sponsored collection boxes in the Crown Point area or in your community. Typical locations include libraries, schools, community centers, places of worship, coffee shops, optometrist offices and other public locations where communities socialize and get together. For information specific to locations in your community, contact the Crown Point Lions Club.


Burn’s Funeral Home                      10101 Broadway Street, Crown Point

Centier Bank                                   117 E. Joliet, Crown Point

Bull Dog Park Civic Center              183 S West St, Crown Point

Crown Point Community Library      122 N Main St, Crown Point         

Crown Rentals                                  620 N Indiana Ave, Crown Point

Eagle Eye Optique                           449 Summit Street. Crown Point

Eyeware on the Square                   1 Court House Square, Ste 12, Crown Point, IN

Gary Sportsman's Club                    10101 Madison Street, Crown Point

Geisen Funeral Home                       606 E. 113th Avenue, Crown Point

Midwest Eye Consultants                  231 N. Main Street, Crown Point

First Presbyterian Church                  218 S Court St, Crown Point

McColly Realty                                  1964 N Main St, Crown Point, IN

Moses Eyecare Center                      1861 E. Summitt, Crown Point, IN

Rosemary's Heritage Flowers           51 W Walnut St, Crown Point, IN

St Anthony Nursing Home                 203 W. Franciscan Drive, Crown Point

St Mathias Parrish                             101 W. Burrell Street, Crown Point

Wheeler Middle School                      401 W. Joliet Street, Crown Point

Winfield Library                                  10771 Randolph Street, Winfield


Other Locations not in Crown Point

Centier Corporate Office                     600 E 84th Ave, Merrillville

Comunity Title Company                     3870 W 80th Ln, Merrillville, IN

Dean Gross Eye Centers                    303 w 89th Avenue, Merrillville, IN

McColly Schererville                           850 Deer Creek Dr, Schererville, IN

McColly Demotte                                817 N Halleck St, De Motte, IN 

Mccolly Hobart                                    2835 Central Ave, Lake Station, IN 

Suchita's Indian Temple                      8605 Merrillville Rd, Merrillville, IN 

Villa Cesare                                        900 Eagle Ridge Dr, Schererville, IN 




The Indiana Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center utilizes the assistance of two prisons in processing donated eyeglasses. Participating prisoners receive training and information on Lions' missions and the countries where the eyeglasses will be distributed. Throughout their communities, the Indiana Lions circulate wooden recycling boxes to schools, churches and other organizations interested in collecting eyeglasses on behalf of the association. The boxes are built by local Lions and high school students from wood scraps provided by a local cabinetmaker.

The Lions in Indiana sent a mission team composed of medical professionals, Lions volunteers, Wawasee High School Spanish students and teachers to Mexico to distribute eyeglasses to needy people. Held during spring break, the students learn all aspects of working a mission and, most importantly, gain an understanding of helping others. The team's goal for the second trip was to serve 4,000 people in four days. By trip's end, 5,000 people had been assisted. The third mission group went to Tlaxcala, Mexico and served over 7,000 people in four days.




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