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UNION — As spring cleaning gets underway, the Union Lions are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle for Sight program.

The Union Lions Club will collect used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

“We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses,” said Union Lions Club President Kelli Johnston. “In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.”

The donated glasses will be shipped to a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.

To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses), place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes located at the Lions Club on Main Street, Union, the Union County Carnegie Library at 300 East South Street, Union, and the Office of Dr. Richard Poole at 201 West South Street, Union.

The Union Lions Club has 28 members and meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Arthur Gregory Lions Club Building at 134 East Main Street.

Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information — or to get involved with the Union Lions Club, contact Lion Kelli Johnston at carnecki@yahoo.com or Lion Johnny Sinclair at (864) 426-2305.

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