As spring cleaning gets under way, ordinarily the Katy Lions Club would be asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle for Sight program.
This year we have joined forces with the new International Leadership of Texas in Katy as a venture with their “Service Learning Project”. This school has been collecting used eyeglasses for the past few weeks. This project was the idea of Torian Green, a second grader at IL Texas. Several ideas were collected from the students for the service project. Torian’s idea was chosen. They have more than filled 2 collection boxes with glasses.
The donated glasses will be taken to our recycling center in Conroe where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution to developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. 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.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in more than 210 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 the Katy Lions Club, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or join us for our meetings the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at Times Square Entertainment on Grand Parkway at 7 p.m.
Thanks so much to Torian Green and the second-grade students at International Leadership of Texas for their initiative and efforts in collecting so many glasses.