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Juneau Lions recycle for sight

Posted: October 12, 2013 - 11:03pm

As fall gets under way, the Juneau Lions Club and the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Club, which make up the Capital City Joint Sight Committee, are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle For Sight program.

On Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nugget Mall, the Capital City Joint Sight Committee will be collecting used eyeglasses (prescription and non-prescription) as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries and in Alaska, where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

“We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses,” said Michael Norton, Chair of the Committee. “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.”

The donated glasses will be shipped to the Aurora Borealis Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in North Pole, where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.

To donate used glasses (including sunglasses, reading glasses and cases), come to the Nugget Mall on Saturday, Oct. 19, or place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes located at Specs in the City, Glacier Optical, SEARHC, Alaska Vision Center, Lifetime Eyecare and Dr. Messerschmidt’s Office. These are permanent collection sites.

The Juneau Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of every month at noon at TK Maguire’s in the Prospector, and the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions meet the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at The Udder Culture. Anyone is welcome to attend. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Lions, please contact Michael Norton at 957-1697 or visit .

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at

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