Indiana Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
333 Lake Street
Upland, IN 46989
Please contact center prior to sending large shipments to the above address.
Send written correspondence to:
8421 N. Mittank Drive
Fairmount, IN 46928
James Cameron, PID, Project Manager
John Clester, Operations Manager (for eyeglass supply requests)
Residence Telephone: 765 998-1759
The Indiana Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center utilizes the assistance of two prisons in processing donated eyeglasses. Participating prisoners receive training and information on Lions' missions and the countries where the eyeglasses will be distributed. Throughout their communities, the Indiana Lions circulate wooden recycling boxes to schools, churches and other organizations interested in collecting eyeglasses on behalf of the association. The boxes are built by local Lions and high school students from wood scraps provided by a local cabinetmaker.
The Lions in Indiana sent a mission team composed of medical professionals, Lions volunteers, Wawasee High School Spanish students and teachers to Mexico to distribute eyeglasses to needy people. Held during spring break, the students learn all aspects of working a mission and, most importantly, gain an understanding of helping others. The team's goal for the second trip was to serve 4,000 people in four days. By trip's end, 5,000 people had been assisted. The third mission group went to Tlaxcala, Mexico and served over 7,000 people in four days.