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Lions seeking used eyeglasses

Staff reports

More than ever, the Lions In Sight program needs all the used eyeglasses it can get.

So says Carson Valley Lions Club member Jim Peddicord. The Valley group takes part in the International Lions Clubs eyeglasses program that helps people in developing countries see better.

“We appreciate all the past donations, and we hope you will continues to provide us with these much-needed glasses,” Peddicord said.

The Lions organization operates five permanent clinics in Peru and four in Sri Lanka and is in the process of establishing nine clinics in Mexico.

In addition to these permanent clinics, Lions In Sight has an additional 10 temporary eyeglasses clinics being held through November.

Eyeglass donations to the Carson Valley Lions Club are sent to a central location, calibrated and indexed (some of this work is done at prisons which have the right equipment); then they taken by volunteer doctors or sent to clinics where the glasses are given to an underprivileged children or adults after eye examinations has been performed.

“Many happy people have been helped this way,” Peddicord said.

There are five locations where used eyeglasses may be dropped off in the Valley – the post office in Minden and Raley’s, Scolari’s and Smith’s grocery stores and the Rite Aid store, all in Gardnerville.

“They may also be given to any Lions Club member,” Peddicord said.

Jim Loughery is in charge of the Carson Valley Lions eyeglasses program.