Lions seek eyeglasses, hearing aids, printer cartridges

With the prospect of spring cleaning projects fast approaching, the Coon Rapids Lions Club is asking everyone to look through dresser drawers, closets and other storage places for used eyeglasses, hearing aids and printer cartridges.

These items, that normally would be thrown away and end up in a landfill, are collected by the Lions for their recycle for sight and hearing program.

During the year, the club collects used prescription eyeglasses, prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, hearing aids and printer cartridges as part of a unique recycling program.

“We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses and hearing aids,” said Clarence Norrbom, sight and hearing chairperson.

“In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.

“Some people may have to walk for miles just for the prospect of getting treatment for their vision or hearing problems.

“Eyeglasses, sunglasses and reading glasses that normally would just be thrown out are repurposed to provide the gift of sight to someone in need.”

In addition to the eyeglasses, the club also collects used hearing aids and printer cartridges for recycling and repurposing, according to Norrbom.

“The donated glasses will be shipped to a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups,” he said.

“Some of the eyeglasses collected in our community have been taken by Coon Rapids Lions Club members on mission trips overseas.

To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses) and hearing aids, place them in the specially marked Lions recycle for sight and hearing collection boxes found in the following locations: Classic Bowl, Potbelly Sandwiches, Wal-Mart (Riverdale), Select Eyecare (Foley and Northdale boulevards), Cub Foods (Riverdale), Cub Foods (Northdale), Rainbow Foods (Riverdale), Coon Rapids City Center, Mercy Hospital, Pearle Vision (Riverdale), Emma B. Howe Northtown Family YMCA, and the Coon Rapids VFW.

Eyeglasses, hearing aids and printer cartridges can also be brought for donation to the club meetings at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

The second meeting of the month is at the Coon Rapids VFW.  The location for the meeting the fourth Wednesday of each month can be found on the club website at www.coonrapidslions.org.

“Over the years, the citizens of Coon Rapids have generously donated thousands of used eyeglasses and sunglasses that have brought sight to people all over the world,” Norrbom said.

For more information or to get involved, contact Dan Janish at 612-558-2851, visit the club’s website at www.coonrapidslions.org or check out the Facebook page.

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