SOMERS, N.Y. – April is here and, as you are doing your spring cleaning, the Somers Lions ask residents to look through your kitchen drawers, dresser drawers or wherever you store those used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle for Sight program.

“This project is very important to many people locally and internationally. The donated glasses will help children and adults who cannot afford to purchase eyeglasses. I am proud to be a Somers Lion and look forward to helping others in the near future,” said Grace Siciliano, who is one of the newest members of the Somers Lions and who immediately stepped up to spearhead this Lions program.

The glasses will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions, Leos and other groups. The glasses will then be distributed to those in need within low- and middle-income communities and in developing countries, where eyecare is often unaffordable and inaccessible. In most developing countries an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people. According to the World Health Organization, the eyesight of approximately one-fourth of the world’s population can be improved through the use of a corrective lens.

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To date, the Somers Lions have collected and sent in over 1,500 eyeglasses, which are collected year round. You may place your used eyeglasses in specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes at the following locations:

  • Somers Pharmacy
  • Somers Intermediate School
  • Somers Middle School
  • Somers Library
  • Post Office in Somers near CVS (mailbox outside Post Office)
  • Somers Town Hall/Town Court
  • Chase Bank in Somers
  • Heritage Hills Condos
  • Putnam Savings Bank
  • Billingsley Real Estate Office (Route 35/Route 100)
  • The Office of Dr. Bridgham & Barr in Somers
  • Jefferson Valley Bowl

Since 1917, Lions clubs worldwide have aided the blind and visually impaired and have made a strong commitment to community service and servicing youth throughout the world. In addition to fully embracing the Lions International mission for these programs, the Somers Lions focus on helping local community members. Please visit somerslionsclub.org for more information.