NC Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program

North Carolina Lions Eyeglass

Recycling Program

The Need for Glasses

According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near­ sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses.

Still, millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don’t have glasses. They can’t learn, because reading is difficult. They can’t work to the best of their ability, because they can’t see clearly. For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life. For adults, clear vision means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors clear vision means less dependence on others.

North Carolina Lions collect over 170,000 pairs of eyeglasses each year to address the need for glasses, making eyeglass recycling one of our most popular activities.

Items Needed

·        Complete reusable glasses both plastic and metal frames

·        Gold frames in any condition

·        Antique Glasses

·        Broken Glasses

·        Sunglasses (any kind)

Items Not Needed

·        Loose Lenses of any kind

·        Cases

Suggestions for a Successful Program

·        Put someone in charge and set up a collection point.

·        Meet with, or write a letter to the newspaper editor or radio station manager to explain the details of your campaign, including the names of the people involved.

·        If your club has a bulletin, write an article for it about the collection drive. Follow up with reminders.

·        Prepare collection boxes and place them with posters in selected locations. Be sure to put your Club name and a contact number on the collection boxes.

·        Collection boxes are available from NCLI. DO NOT MAIL COLLECTION BOXES

·        Opticians and optometrists can keep a collection box in the waiting room.

·        Check with lost & found departments in hotels, stores, police stations, etc., for unclaimed glasses.

·        Ask members of your club to spread the word among their friends and other groups to which they belong.

·        Check your collection sites on a regular basis.

  After removing unwanted items send your glasses to:

North Carolina Lions, Inc.

7050 Camp Dogwood Drive

PO Box 39

Sherrills Ford, NC 28673


“In a major legislative victory for the citizens of North Carolina, adult Medicaid patients will be eligible for an eye exam and glasses without medical diagnosis beginning January 1, 2019. This language was included in the final state budget.

Funding for eye exams and glasses for adult Medicaid patients was cut back in 2011, leaving only those 20 years of age and younger covered. Since that time, the NCOS has been advocating to get funding for adults reinstated.

It has been a long fight but our persistence has paid off. Now, all adult Medicaid patients in North Carolina will once again have the opportunity to get the basic eye care they need.

We will be sharing more details as they become available so stay tuned!

Mike Haines, OD
North Carolina Optometric Society”

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Mark Your Calendars! Brighter Visions Kickoff Date Set!

District 31 I: Brighter Vision Kickoff will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Center United Methodist Church in the Christian Fellowship Center.

The Meal will begin at 6pm with the program to follow at 7pm. Meal Registrations can be accepted until August 19, 2018.

Be sure to check out your July Newsletter for Registration! See you there!

Address: 186 Center Church Road, Lexington, NC 27295.

The meal will be $11.00/person.

South Park Lions Recognized in the June Volunteer Newsletter for the Ronald McDonald House – Charlotte.

SPLC Lions and Friends: The SouthPark Lions are recognized this month in the Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Newsletter

June 2018 Volunteer Newsletter: Around the House: Kitchen Crusader Spotlight: South Park Lions Club

“This month, we’d like to recognize South Park Lions Club  as an outstanding volunteer team!  The South Park Lions provide dinner every 1st Saturday of the month for RMH guest families and have been wonderful supporters of the House since we opened our doors 7 YEARS AGO! They have prepared OVER 80 meals for our guest families  We look forward to their delicious meals every month and love to see all of their smiling faces

Thank you South Park Lions Club volunteers!

Kitchen Crusaders are dedicated teams with a set schedule that cook on a monthly recurring basis. To learn more, please contact Jess Palacio at”

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Camp Dogwood Farmers Market!

Calling all Lions volunteers! We are looking for Lions to volunteer in Catawba County’s newest farmers market – Camp Dogwood Farmers Market.

Lions can:

1. Set up a booth to sell brooms or any other item(s) as well as inform patrons about the Lions of North Carolina.

2. Operate and sell snow cones to patrons visiting the farmers market. The funds raised through the sale of snow cones will be donated to Brighter Visions.

Starting Saturday, May 12th as well as every Saturday from May 26th to August 11th from 8 AM to 12 PM, the farmers market will be open to the local community at the Dogwood on Lake Norman property,

7050 Camp Dogwood Drive, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673.

To sign-up and participate in the Camp Dogwood farmers market, please email Tammy Thomas at or call 828-478-2135 ext. 232