Story last updated at 12/4/2013 - 2:07 pm
The Juneau Lions Club and the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Club, which make up the Capital City Joint Sight Committee, would like to thank the community and those locations that collect eyeglasses on a permanent basis, for their participation in the Recycle for Sight Drive that took place on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Nugget Mall.
"This was our first drive to collect used eyeglasses," said Committee Chairman Mike Norton, "and we are very appreciative of the town's support."
One hundred and fifty five pair of eyeglasses were dropped off at the Nugget Mall during the drive, but other sites around town also noticed an increase in their donations. Permanent locations to drop off unwanted eyeglasses (single lens, bifocals, trifocals, sunglasses, reading glasses, and cases) include: Specs in the City, Glacier Optical, SEARHC, Alaska Vision Center, Lifetime Eyecare, and Dr. Messerschmidt's Office. Glasses are then sent to the Aurora Borealis Recycling Center in North Pole where they are cleaned, categorized, and prepared for distribution around the world, for people who can't afford to purchase them, including Alaska.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact Norton at 957-1697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.