Lions collect used eyeglasses for typhoon victims

LIHUE — Paul Zubinski has some eyeglasses at home in Illinois.

That didn’t help when he stopped to chat with members of the East Kauai Lions Club who were collecting used eyeglasses at the Walmart store over the weekend.

Walmart was one of five locations around Kauai where people could drop off used eyeglasses and hearing aids for the fifth annual Lions In Sight program which ran statewide to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

“These used eyeglasses will be cleaned and sorted before being shipped to the Philippines,” said Roy Nishida. “We’ve already shipped 25,000 pairs of eyeglasses.”

Collection sites included the Foodland Stores in Princeville, the Longs Drugstore in the Kauai Village Shopping Center, Walmart, and the Big Save stores in Koloa and the Eleele Shopping Center.

The special effort Saturday is in addition the Lions Clubs on Kauai collecting eyeglasses throughout the year.

People with unused eyeglasses can deposit them at specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes which can be found by visiting www.hawaiilions.org.

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