One hundred years ago the legendary humanitarian, Helen Keller, challenged the newly formed Lions Clubs to make it their mission to fight blindness and help people see. At birth, Helen Keller was denied the gift of sight and hearing. That did not stop her from becoming a towering figure in being a spokesperson for people who could not see or hear.
Since that time Lions Clubs International has accepted Helen Keller’s challenge. One aspect of carrying out that mission has been the collection of used and unwanted eyeglasses to be distributed to people world wide who otherwise could not afford glasses.
There are 54 sites in the immediate Green Bay Area that Lions have placed eyeglass collection buckets like the one pictured above. In Howard-Suamico alone there are 25 buckets placed in cooperating businesses and community sites. Among those sites are the Howard YMCA, Julie’s Cafe, River’s Bend, Nicolet Bank, Harris Bank, St. Edward & Isadore, Prevea, Aurora, Shopko Express, Uncle Mike’s Bakery, Weyers-Hilliard Brown County Branch Library-Howard, Bellin Health-Howard, Community First-Howard, and Piggly Wiggly-Howard.
Collected glasses are then sent to the Lions Camp for the handicapped in Rosholt, Wisconsin, to be sorted by prescription and distributed world wide to people who otherwise would not be able to obtain glasses.
Please assist the Lions carry out Helen Keller’s challenge. Donate eyeglasses that are no longer useful. Give the gift of sight—it costs you nothing!
Pictured above are Lions Bob DeBeck and Larry Dunning collecting used eyeglasses. The glasses are distributed to those who would not be able to obtain glasses.