The Natchitoches Lions Club participates in the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program every year. Unused, discarded and/or out of date glasses are collected, sorted and then donated to the disadvantaged outside of the United States. These eyeglasses improve the quality of life for children and adults living in low and middle income communities around the world. Many of those served experience corrected vision for the first time, which helps them to lead a more productive life. The Natchitoches Lions recently gathered donated glasses and sorted them before shipping the glasses to their facility in New Orleans where glasses are cleaned and classified. Once classified, the glasses will be sent to the disadvantaged in Mexico. All glasses are prescribed by doctors and recipients receive evaluation and glasses all free of charge. The Natchitoches and Many Lions Clubs were recently able to send over 500 pairs of glasses to their New Orleans facility.
Pictured sorting glasses left to right are: Shantura Payne, Vallery Washington, Susan Hilton, Ellen Mathis and Sarah Gianonne. If you would like more information about this initiative or if you have unused eyeglasses that you would like to donate, please contact any Lions Club member today or place them in one of the many collection boxes around town. Collection boxes are also available to businesses wishing to participate in the program.