OAK BROOK, IL, September 29, 2009 – October means falling leaves, trick-or-treaters and plenty of apple cider, but for thousands of volunteers, it’s also an opportunity to provide the gift of sight to those in need.
Every year on Sight Night (trick-or-treat), volunteers take to the streets in an effort to collect used eyeglasses. The used eyewear is then recycled by Lions club and OneSight® volunteers and hand delivered to those in need around the world. This eyewear provides the opportunity for many to see clearly – some for the first time. Over the past ten years, more than 165,000 volunteers have collected more than 1 million pair of eyeglasses.
“Sight Night is a ton of fun, and I’m helping people at the same time,” said Jordan Kingsbury, who partnered with his siblings, parents and the Roseville Host Lions Club in California to collect 350 eyeglasses.
What types of eyeglasses are needed? Complete pairs of prescription eyeglasses in all shapes and sizes for children and adults, as well as non-prescription sunglasses. Good places to inquire about collecting eyeglasses include schools, places of worship, local businesses, recreation centers, senior citizen centers and lost and found collections at malls, movie theaters and airports.
Visit www.sightnight.org to get involved, and to download materials including fliers, door hangers, stickers and more.
You can collect on your own, or expand your efforts by organizing a group. Sight Night is a fun service project to involve schools, Scouts, Lions and Leo clubs, and other community groups.
“Having the kids participate brings the fun out in everyone during Sight Night, said Carmel Arnone, a member of the Dunmore Lions Club in Pennsylvania. “It’s a really easy project that can help a lot of people, because so many friends and neighbors have eyeglasses that they don’t use anymore.”
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world. Since 1988, Lions have worked with OneSight, a Luxottica Group Foundation and non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, dedicated to improving vision for those in need worldwide through outreach, research and education. For more information on Lions Clubs International, or to find a club near you to partner with for your Sight Night collection, visit www.lionsclubs.org.