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Grand Island Lions Club: GI Lions to collect used eyeglasses, hearing aids during July 4th parade

by jmaloni

•Taken from the June 27 Island Dispatch

Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:45 am

The Grand Island Lions Club is asking Independence Day parade-goers to step forward and donate their used eyeglasses and hearing aids to benefit the millions of people worldwide who cannot afford them.

Look for the purple and yellow balloons that signal members of the Grand Island Lions Club approaching during this July 4th's town parade

The Lions will ship donated eyeglasses and hearing aids to the New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, where volunteers will clean, obtain the prescription, and process the eyeglasses where someone needs them to learn, to hold a job, or possibly see their loved ones for the first time in their lives. Approximately 153 million eyeglasses are needed each year to benefit or change someone's life all at a cost of just 8 cents apiece from the time they leave the donor to the time someone receives them.

The hearing aids are processed at the Finger Lakes Region Hearing Foundation, then returned to Western New York for use by financially strapped individuals after they have been evaluated with the cost paid for through Lions Clubs.

For further information, contact Lion Tom Witkowski at 716-909-1862, or at [email protected].

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