HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii Lions hosted their annual Lions in Sight eyeglass and hearing aid collection drive Saturday, Jan. 22.
In the past the annual collection drive was held at outside at storefronts. Due to the pandemic, Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes were placed inside some Walmart stores at the Vision Center.
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The glasses will be cleaned and categorized by prescription, before being sent to developing countries where eye care isn’t easily accessible.
“Lately it’s been the Philippines and Mexico,” said Lions Club member Lori Inouye-Yamashita. “We’ve also had countries like Cambodia, Nepal, Afghanistan, Micronesia and Africa. They can be used, it helps like I said, improve the vision and the lives of these people because it helps with getting jobs as well as for schools, being able to see the chalkboard.”
The Hawaii Lions said 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses were given to villagers in Afghanistan recently. The hearing aids collected go to Hawaii residents in need.
There were more than 70 boxes of eyeglasses shipped to the Lions Club in Baguio in the Philippines from the 2021 drive.
The Hawaii Lions has an ongoing collection year round. To see where you can drop off eyeglasses and hearing aids, visit the Hawaii Lions website.
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There are 48,000 Lions Clubs across the world that coordinate this annual Lions in Sight project to help raise awareness of the other community service efforts of the club.