Lions, LEOs collecting glasses

LIHUE — Kauai High School LEOs and East Kauai Lions will collect used eyeglasses from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Kukui Grove Center Food Court.

“Local residents can share the gift of sight by dropping off used prescription and nonprescription glasses, including sunglasses, at the Lions table in the Food Court,” said Jim Whitfield, president of East Kauai Lions. “We also will gladly accept hearing aids, and children’s glasses are particularly needed. As you are digging out those old Halloween costumes, perhaps you can dig out unused old eyeglasses you can donate to someone in need.”

Over the past year, East Kauai Lions collected more than 1,600 pairs of glasses, which have been sent to the Philippines and distributed to needy persons.

“Thousands of glasses are left unused and buried in drawers, desks and closets,” said Frances Morden, president of Kauai High School LEO club. “Those eyeglasses can be an invaluable gift to those in need. They’ll provide the chance to work, read and do household chores — things that some of us take for granted. The gift of vision is priceless, so we invite you to donate your old eyeglasses to help someone in need.”

East Kauai Lions have been serving Kauai since 1937. The 45-member club meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at Lihue Neighborhood Center.

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