CAMDEN — The Camden Lions will provide a recycling location at Reny's Plaza in Camden on Saturday, October 19, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., where the public can donate old eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones.
Lion members will be available to answer any questions regarding the recycling program or the Lions.
The Lions International’s “October White Cane Month” is a time to inform local communities about the Lions eyesight conservation programs. Once eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones are collected and sorted, they are sent to the Massabesic Lions Club (Maine) for further examination before being sent to third-world countries.
“These countries gladly accept these gifts and distribute them to destitute people who are able to see and hear clearly for the first time in their lives,” said Camden Lions, in a news release.
The Camden Lions have processed thousands of pairs of eyeglasses since 1980 when their recycling program began.
Helen Keller, in 1926, challenged Lions International clubs to become her knights in shining armor and to fight for the cause of blindness. Thus, one of the Lions’ primary goals is to facilitate sight conservation. Through these humanitarian efforts, sight is granted to thousands and thousands of people world wide, according to Lions.
Old eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones may also be deposited any time at a drop box attached to the Camden Lions Club building at 10 Lions Lane in Camden.
“The Camden Lions appreciate your effort to help people see and hear,” said the Club.
If you need to contact the Camden Lions directly, call 236-8476 or visit www.camdenlionsclub.com.