The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club collected more than 100,000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses in the Lions Recycle For Sight campaign.
The Lions clean and recycle usable eyeglasses. Broken glasses are processed in a “scrap to cash” program. The rest of the glasses are cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution.
Reusable glasses will then be distributed to those in need in developing countries where eye care is not affordable or inaccessible. In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as a large part of a family's wages. One eye doctor may have to treat hundreds of thousands of people.
Recycled glasses are turned in for revenue to fund local community projects. All public donations, 100 percent, collected by the Lions Club are used for charitable causes. No donations go for administrative expenses.
Lions are known as “Knights of the Blind in the Crusade against Darkness.” according to a statement made by Helen Keller in 1925.
Pictured from the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club are: Bill Mooneyhan; Carroll Hutchinson; Ed Rollison; and Ray Guess.