With the holiday season winding down, most of us have exchanged gifts and are looking forward to the New Year. However, there is a special gift that many of us can still give this holiday season. That gift is the gift of sight. While prescription glasses might not seem like a luxury item, in some countries a pair of glasses can cost upwards of three months’ wages. Even in America people have difficulties affording eyeglasses for themselves and their children.
Thankfully there are several organizations that are committed to helping those in need get the proper eyewear. If you are interested in donating your old eyeglasses, here are some organizations to look into:
Lions Clubs International cleans and fixes old non-prescription and prescription glasses before donating them to people in need. You can go to Lions Clubs International’s website to see the 17 locations in the U.S. and around the world where they collect glasses. Even if they don’t have a physical office in your city, they may have drop boxes in your community.
Another organization doing similar work is OneSight. In 2011, the organization helped an estimated 120,000 – 160,000 people through their eye care clinics around the world. You can search for their donation location nearest you.
If you’re willing to ship your eyeglasses to a non-profit, there are even more organizations to choose from. For example, New Eyes for the Needy, based in New Jersey, accepts sunglasses, and plastic and metal glasses. Even if the lenses are broken, sending your frames could still benefit a person in need.
By donating your eyeglasses, someone will have the opportunity to see and do things that they could have never dreamed & that is definitely a very special gift!