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Dec 14 2015

Cedar Key Lions Recycle To Help The Poor

Cedar Key Lions Recycle Eyeglasses, Hearing Aids, Cell Phones & Printer Cartridges To Help the Poor

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The Cedar Key Lions Club Recycle for Sight project kicks off this winter with expanded donation locations and opportunities to help those with vision problems. The Lions are collecting used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as well as hearing aids, and expanding their collection efforts to included printer cartridges and old cell phones as part of a unique recycling program.

Donated eyeglasses and hearing aids will be shipped to a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution to sight and hearing impaired poor in developing where eye and hearing care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

The printer cartridges are sold to recyclers to benefit Lions programs and the cellphones are provided to victims of domestic violence and to older people who cannot afford them. Even without a cell phone carrier the phones can be used to dial 911 for emergency help.

“We hope everyone will go through their drawers and cabinets to pull out and donate used eyeglasses, hearing aids and other recyclables,” said Judy Howerton, eyeglass collection coordinator. “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.”

Cedar Key Lions President Eileen Bowers presents the new Lions “Golden Bucket” collection container to Bank Vice President Heath Davis for placement in the Drummond Community Bank Lobby. The container accepts old eye-glasses, hearing aids, printer ink cartridges and cell phones for recycling and redistribution to people in need.

Cedar Key Lions President Eileen Bowers presents the new Lions “Golden Bucket” collection container to Bank Vice President Heath Davis for placement in the Drummond Community Bank Lobby. The container accepts old eye-glasses, hearing aids, printer ink cartridges and cell phones for recycling and redistribution to people in need.