Changing Lives, One Pair of Eyeglasses at a Time.

In just about any medicine cabinet or dresser drawer, you can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person's life.

Lions Recycle for Sight

Pile of used eyeglassesThat's why Lions Clubs International started the Lions Recycle for Sight program.  Everyone can help.

Throughout the year, Lions in our club collect used eyeglasses through a network of eyeglass collection boxes throughout town.  The glasses are counted and then delivered to our regional facility in Gig Harbor, Washington.  From there the eyeglasses make there way to the Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (NWLERC) in Lacey, Washington, where NWLERC personnel sort, clean, repair, test and package each individual pair of eyeglasses.  Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.

How You Can Help

If you have used eyeglasses you no longer need, you can donate them to one of our collection boxes around Gig Harbor.  Lions accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and empty plastic and metal frames.  Children's glasses are especially needed.

Our main community collection box in Gig Harbor is located at the Pierce County Library on Pt Fosdick across the street from Uptown Gig Harbor.  Please use this collection box for your used eyeglasses and hearing aids.  In addition, we have a collection box at Olympic Eye Care 6508 Wollochet Dr NW. 

To see a short video about NWLERC getting eyeglasses from Seattle Transit, click here.   For more information, contact a member of the Gig Harbor Lions Club or attend one of our monthly meetings.

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