Recycle for Sight drive a success

Lions Bruce Wing (Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Club), Ted Burke and Nicole McCabe (of the Juneau Lions Club) host a table to collect eyeglasses. Lions Wing and Burke are part of the Capital City Joint Sight Committee.

The Juneau Lions Club and the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Club, which make up the Capital City Joint Sight Committee, would like to thank the community and those locations that collect eyeglasses on a permanent basis, for their participation in the Recycle for Sight Drive that took place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Nugget Mall. “This was our first drive to collect used eyeglasses,” said Committee Chair Mike Norton “and we are very appreciative of the town’s support.”

One-hundred-fifty-five pair of eyeglasses were dropped off at the Nugget Mall during the drive, but other sites around town also felt an increase in their donations. Permanent locations to drop off unwanted eyeglasses (single lens, bifocals, trifocals, sunglasses, reading glasses and cases) include: Specs in the City, Glacier Optical, SEARHC, Alaska Vision Center, Lifetime Eyecare and Dr. Messerschmidt’s Office. Glasses are then sent to the Aurora Borealis Recycling Center in North Pole where they are cleaned, categorized, and prepared for distribution around the world, for people who can’t afford to purchase them, including in Alaska. We welcome new members. For more information on how you can get involved, contact Committee Chair Mike Norton at 907-957-1697 or mendenhallflyinglions@gmail.com.

Nancy Norton, Juneau Lions

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