Eyeglasses and hearing aids recycling
Since 1925, Lions International has been a champion in helping combat vision impairment and blindness. With this same conviction, Lions have also been a force in providing medical care and education to help prevent hearing loss. Below, you'll find information on how to donate eyeglasses and hearing aids, as well as information on how to receive them if you are in need.
How to donate
It is only through the kindness of our eyeglasses and hearing aids donors that we can offer the gift of sight or sound to those in need. Below, you’ll find information on how and where to donate one or both.
There are a few ways in which you can donate eyeglasses.
- Walmart Vision Centers: Lions Clubs International has a partnership with the Walmart Corporation. You can deposit your eyeglasses at any participating Walmart Vision Center.
- Local Lions clubs: Some local Lions clubs collect eyeglasses. To contact a Lions club in your community to find out if they collect eyeglasses, please use the Club Locator to find a local club near your community. Once you've located a club, click the envelop icon to send a message to the club.
- Lions Eyeglasses Recycling Centers (LERC): If you are unable to find a local Walmart or Lions club that accepts eyeglasses donations, you can mail your eyeglasses or unopened contact lenses to the nearest LERC. You can find your nearest LERC here.
Those interested in donating used hearing aids of any age, brand or model can do so by visiting the Hearing Charities of America donations page. There, you can reach out with questions or complete the online donation form to start the donation process.
How to receive assistance
The best way for an individual to receive eyeglasses or hearing aids assistance from Lions International is to get in contact with a local Lions club or a district in your area. Local Lions clubs are comprised of a group of volunteers who implement projects and programs in their communities, and at times provide direct assistance to individuals.
Please use the Club Locator to find a local club near your community. Once you've located a club, click the envelop icon to send a message to the club.