I am a shopaholic. I would say I am a fashionista, but my clothes are not that impressive. I do have one accessory that I really enjoy getting though. Glasses. As of last year, I still had every pair of glasses from the past 10 years. Why? Because they all go better with different outfits. This year I was lucky enough to get two pairs of glasses with my old person prescription (yes, 30 is old at the moment). I also got a copy of my prescription so I could get some cheap yet attractive frames online. After everything, I had 4 glasses, 2 prescription sunglasses, and contacts.
You may be wondering what the point of my excessive eyewear is. I mentioned that I had every pair of glasses from the past 10 years, except the really expensive pair that I inevitably lost 6 months before I went on the shopping spree. I decided that I was tired of hording these things. They filled up a drawer in my jewelry armoire, they were tucked in the couch, my desk, my car, and pretty much everywhere. I was about to throw them away until I realized that not everyone is as lucky as me. I may not always be able to afford everything I want, but I do have plenty of some things. That day, I started to research some options. I also half blame an episode of Nerdette that inspired me.
Here is what my options came down to:
https://www.new-eyes.org/recycle – Eyeglasses in good condition are sent to medical missions and international charitable organizations for distribution to the poor in developing nations. The key word for me was international. We are very lucky in this country. I sometimes wish I could just go somewhere and help, but alas bill will not go away because I care too much.
https://saving-sight.org/eyeglass-recycling-program – Eyeglass Recycling has been a signature project for Lions Clubs across the country for more than 70 years. Saving Sight supports the Lions in this cause by serving as a collection and distribution center for recycled eyeglasses, collecting approximately 60,000 pairs per year. This is a well established program.
Did you know: 153 million people worldwide suffer from vision problems, which can usually be corrected with glasses?
We see the problem. Let’s fix it. don’t throw away your glasses. If you are interested in donating, please visit one of the above websites. If you want to be a part of my large donation drop, contact me.