2011-10-28 / Milestones

JASA Recycles For Sight

Sydney Lombardi and Bob Carroll, president of the Lions Club. Sydney Lombardi and Bob Carroll, president of the Lions Club. JASA Roy Reuther Senior Center takes pride in giving back to the community. Lions Clubs International has an ongoing program, “Recycle for Sight,” which collects used eyeglasses.

According to the World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected vision (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses.

Millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don’t have glasses. They can’t learn, because reading is difficult. They can’t work to the best of their ability, because they can’t see clearly.

For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life. For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors it means less dependence on others.

Roy Reuther seniors set to clean out their drawers and donate eyeglasses that they were not using anymore.

The seniors collectively contributed over 100 pairs and parts of eyeglasses.

A presentation was made to the local Lions Club at their weekly meeting. The eyeglasses, lenses, and frames will be refurbished and distributed around the world to those in need. If you would like further information about JASA or Roy Reuther senior center in Far Rockaway please call 718-471-3110. Hot and cold lunch is served every day along with a full complement of activities to keep seniors active and healthy.

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