Wondering what to do with your used eyeglass frames? Don't throw them away!
Donating eyeglass frames is an easy way to help people who can't function normally because they can't see well.
Most world blindness is unnecessary. Nearly 700 million people have avoidable blindness or impaired vision that could easily be helped with an eye exam and a pair of glasses. Instead, they have to live with functional blindness the inability to see well enough to do basic everyday tasks, such as reading, writing, cooking and earning a living.
Donating Eyeglasses to Grass-Roots Organizations
Each year Dr. Scot Morris goes with his family to Juarez, Mexico on a mission trip. Usually they help poor families there by building houses, but this year they're taking the work a step further.
Family home for five in Juarez, Mexico. People who live in communities like this usually don't have access to vision care or eyeglasses. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Scot Morris)
Dr. Morris, an optometrist who practices in Conifer, Colorado, discovered that because of the bad crime situation in Juarez, the local health care providers had left town several years ago. Although Juarez is safer now, no vision care is available. And many people who need eyeglasses just have to do without.
So Dr. Morris is starting an eye care clinic and optical lab there to provide vision care, eyeglasses and jobs to the community.
You can help Dr. Morris by sending old eyeglasses (in decent shape) that he can take with him on his trips there (his next trip will be in November). Please send the eyewear to: Dr. Scot Morris, 13225 S. Resort Drive, Conifer, CO 80433.
You can also send monetary donations to help him open the clinic for next year and train local people to run it. Monetary donation checks should be made out to Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. The tax ID number is 98-04232-0000, and the church's non-profit status is 501(c)3.
Donating Eyeglass Frames Through Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International volunteers collect old eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses. They clean and repair the used eyewear, which is then distributed to people who can't afford to buy their own.
They accept both prescription and non-prescription eyewear, in both adults' and children's sizes.
Donating eyeglasses is easy. All you have to do is to take your old pairs to a Lions Club eyeglass donation bin in your town, or mail them to the Lions Clubs International headquarters.
Want to know more about donating eyeglasses? Visit the Lions Clubs eyewear donation web page for more information.
Donating Eyeglasses Through New Eyes
New Eyes collects old glasses and distributes them to needy people in developing nations worldwide. All you have to do is mail your eyewear to their offices be sure to read the recycling information on their website and following their shipping instructions.
New Eyes also takes hearing aids, watches, jewelry, silverware and giftware. And you or your organization or business can even sponsor a collection drive.
In addition to helping people in developing nations, New Eyes also collects donations to purchase new eyeglasses for poor children and adults in the United States.
Make a difference. Donate today.
Note: World blindness figures are from Optometry Giving Sight.
[Page updated September 2015]