From: Noon Lion President Jack Krage
In response to a letter that I had written to the editor asking for used eyeglasses and hearing aids to be dropped off to the Noon Lions, I received a call from Winona Manor. They asked me to speak to the residents and explain the process involved in our eyeglass collection. I discussed that we collect eyewear and hearing aids all year round. These glasses are sorted into the following categories by our Lions: single vision, multi-vision and colored lenses. We collect plain reading glasses and sunglasses, as well. These sorted glasses are taken to our annual Lions convention and put in a truck to be transported to a site to be sorted by strength.
The glasses are then boxed by strength of prescription and sent to third world countries to be distributed. Teams of Lion volunteers work alongside doctors and nurses to give vision screenings and outfit these people with the appropriate pair of glasses. Many of these people will see well for the first time in their life.
The Winona Manor residents asked if they could help us collect glasses and I said they were very welcome to give us a hand. I ordered some eyeglass collection boxes and they were placed at the doors to the manor. They set a goal of hundred pairs of glasses in 3 months. Last week, I was called to come and pick up what they had collected. They had collected 253 pairs of glasses and 8 hearing aids. This means that they have positively affected the lives of over 260 people with improved sight or hearing.
On behalf of the Winona Noon Lions, I want to thank Winona Manor on a job very well done.
If you have used glasses to donate, please call me at 507-458-6315.