Sight Night: Trick-or-Treat for Eyeglasses to Help Others

Sight Night: Trick-or-Treat for Eyeglasses to Help Others

(NewsUSA)- Halloween means ghost and ghouls, trick-or-treating and lots of sweets. But the spirit of the season can also mean improved vision for those in need.
This October, thousands of volunteers will participate in Sight Night to collect used eyeglasses for recycling and distribution to people with vision impairments who cannot afford new glasses. Over the past ten years, more than 160,000 volunteers have collected more than 1 million eyeglasses. The collected glasses are cleaned, repaired and sorted by Lions clubs and Give the Gift of Sight volunteers. This recycled eyewear is then hand-delivered on international missions, providing clear vision to those in need-some for the first time.
"Sight Night is a wonderful chance for children to combine the fun of trick-or-treating with an activity they know will help someone see clearly," said Tom Witkowski, a member of the Grand Island Lions Club in New York. The club collected more than 1,000 pairs of glasses with the help of young trick-or-treaters and a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
Best of all, collecting eyeglasses for Sight Night is easy. Visit www.sightnight.org to download collection materials including fliers, door hangers and more.
Prescription eyeglasses for children and adults -; and non-prescription sunglasses -; can be collected. In addition to door-to-door collection, contact schools, places of worship, local businesses, recreation centers, senior citizen centers and lost and found collections at malls, movie theaters and airports.
Collect on your own this Sight Night, or expand your efforts by organizing a group. Sight Night is a fantastic project for involving schools, Scouts, Lions and Leo clubs, and other community organizations.
BreeLayne Ring, a student at Oak Park High School in California, collected more than 1,000 pairs of glasses for recycling, working in conjunction with Brighton Your World, a nonprofit organization for which she works.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 202 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1988, Lions Clubs International and Give the Gift of Sight -; a family of charitable vision care programs sponsored by Luxottica Group -; have provided clear vision to millions of people worldwide. For more information about Lions Clubs International or to find a Lions club near you to partner with for Sight Night, visit www.lionsclubs.org.