Stanton Optical Involved with Lions Club Recycle for Sight Program
Optical Retailer Serves as Collection Point for Donations of Usable Eyeglasses to Lions Club International
PALM SPRINGS, Fla., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Lions Club International changes lives one pair of glasses at a time through their Recycle for Sight program. People can give their old eyeglasses to the humanitarian group at official collection points located throughout the United States.
Optical retailer Stanton Optical has eyeglass donation boxes set up at the majority of their stores. Many of their customers donate their used glasses to the Lions Club when they come in for a new pair of prescription eyeglasses. Stanton’s Fresno, California store also donates all their restyles and eyeglass remakes to the charity program.
Deborah Richards, General Manager of Stanton Optical in Augusta, Georgia says that “Augusta has a donation box. We have been collecting for the Lions Club for almost three years. I would estimate around 1,000 pairs have been donated. We have people who come in just to donate their glasses and patients are always eager to donate their old glasses.”
Stanton Optical is hoping to extend the program to more of their stores. For example, Wendy Smith, General Manager of theEvansville, Indiana store is waiting for a representative from the Lions Club to drop off an official donation box. Wendy mentions, “We have been accepting glasses for the Lions Club for about 6 months. We only receive about 5 pairs per month, however, the Lion’s Club representative is supposed to be bringing by a Lions Club box that will promote the donation and will be visible to the patients so I imagine this number will grow.”
About Lions Club International
Lions Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses from official donation locations and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC workers clean, sort and package the glasses for distribution to people in need in developing countries. The Recycle for Sight program accepts donations of prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses along with plastic and metal eyeglass frames.
Lions Clubs International Headquarters
300 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
About Stanton Optical
Stanton Optical is a leader in the retail optical industry with over 40 stores in major markets including Alabama, Ohio,Tennessee, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, California, Texas, New York, Georgia and Florida. 2013 expansion plans are on track for the opening of over 15 stores including the new markets of Alaska, Arkansas and New Mexico.
The eyeglass chain encourages their stores and employees to get involved in their local community. The company is especially proud of their community involvement with their support of non-profit charity groups and humanitarian organizations. Recent corporate giving efforts include monetary and product donations to New Eyes for the Needy, The Epilepsy Society of Kern County, Valley Center for the Blind and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Stanton Optical Corporate Office
3801 S. Congress Ave.
Palm Springs, FL 33461