October 31, 2020

Since August 2017 Lion Doug Wilson and Lion Grant Brown have collected over 22,000 pairs of glasses and 250 hearing aids. These are collected from boxes at optometrists, libraries, vision centres, hearing clinics, funeral homes and from individuals.

In addition, they received a donation of 3 cartons full of uncut lenses from Samir Co in Hyde Park and a few boxes of glasses. Lion Doug has another collection almost ready for shipment.

Day and Ross Transport Company in Woodstock  have been graciously shipping those glasses at no cost to our club, to the Canadian Lions Eye Glass Recycling Centre (CLERC) in Calgary. Optical missions sponsored by Lions clubs and other groups distribute the donated glasses FREE of charge to needy people throughout the world.

CLERC was officially launched in 1996. The Calgary Correctional Centre (CCC) was supplied a facility by the Alberta government which included a correctional officer and volunteer offenders. They receive, sort, sanitize, repair, read for prescription on Lensometers, produce from an attached printer a prescription, then place into shipping boxes of 350 according to type. In 2012 a new initiative with respect to processing the eye glasses was started. Work parties of Lions from District clubs sort, clean, read and package glasses ready to be sent to various missions as required.  To learn more about this initiative visit http://clerc.ca/

Canadian Lions have collected and recycled over 5.5 million pairs of glasses since 1996.  We collect new and used reading, single vision, bifocal, children, safety, and both prescription and non-prescription sunglasses (clip-ons and glasses). Glasses may consist of glasses in frames, frames only, or uncut lenses. If you have eyeglasses lying in a drawer, gather them up (no cases please) and drop them off at your optometrist or Wal Mart vision centre in London or contact London Central Lions Club. Hearing aids are also accepted for this programme.