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Members of the Stoney Creek Lions PAWS youth group get involved with the eyeglass recycling program, which benefits recipients in developing countries.

Lions want your old unwanted eyeglasses

The Stoney Creek Lions are probably best known for the purple and gold vests and tents you’ll see at local festivals within the community.

Membership chairman Lion Alison Lennox recently unveiled three major events the club will host this spring.

“On April 18 we are hosting our breakfast with the Easter bunny and then on April 23 we are inviting anyone interested in learning about volunteering with the Lions to come for a visit,” said Lennox.

Later in May, the club welcomes young anglers to the annual fishing derby at Fifty Point Conservation Area.

The Lions’ most recent project is the eyeglasses recycling program.

“In just about any dresser drawer, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used,” said Lennox.

That same pair of eyeglasses can help change another person’s life. Throughout the year, Stoney Creek Lions and the club’s youth club, PAWS collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to MMI or Lions eyeglass recycling centres. Volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where the donations will have the greatest impact.

Last year, the Lions club donated over 1,700 pairs of glasses with many donations coming from donation boxes located at Walmart in Stoney Creek, Burlington Connection Bingo, the Lions hall, MP Wayne Marston’s Office, the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Louis Bahoshy and Dr. De Rubeis’ office. All of of the drop-off locations are in Stoney Creek.

“We wanted to do more and collect more, so we are hosting a donation night at our hall on March 26 from 6-9 p.m,” Lennox said. “With continued awareness, we hope that we can provide more eyeglasses to many more in need. Our hopes are to have permanent donations boxes built and available 24-7 for donations.”

For children, clear vision can result in a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life. For adults, strong vision can create greater employment opportunities and economic strength. For seniors, vision can promote greater independence.

For more information on how to get involved with the Stoney Creek Lions  or youth volunteering, contact Lion Alison Lennox at 905-664-2208 or email lennox1961@hotmail.com.

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