2006-05-19 / Community

Smith Announces Eyeglass Recycling Program

In conjunction with May's "Recycle for Sight" initiative, an eyeglass recycling donation program has been started, called "Give the Gift of Sight."

State Senator Malcolm Smith is encouraging his constituents to donate their old eyeglasses to any Lenscrafters retailer or Lions Club location to help someone less fortunate have a chance for a clearer future.

"Thanks to the commendable efforts of the Lenscrafters Foundation, Lenscrafters Inc., the Lions Club International and other local charities, people in need throughout the United States and the world are afforded the opportunity of better vision through their 'Give the Gift of Sight' program," said Senator Smith.

"The program's success has resulted in thousands of underprivileged people attaining the gift of improved vision.

By the simple act of donating your old eyeglasses, you can make a huge difference in someone's quality of life."

According to Senator Smith, the "Gift of Sight" program was created by Lenscrafters to help those in need in communities, in both the United States and developing countries around the world.

It encompasses a network of charitable vision care programs that provide free eye exams and glasses to those who otherwise could not afford them.

"Help someone's future be that much brighter.

Donate today, and give new life to your old eyeglasses!" Senator Smith said.

In addition to Lenscrafters and Lion Club locations, eyeglasses may also be dropped off at Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, BJ's Optical and Sunglass Hut locations.

For further information about the "Gift of Sight" program, or for the location of the nearest donation drop-off site, call 1-800-522-LENS (5367).

Additional details about donating eyeglasses can also be found at www. givethegiftofsig ht.org.

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