They say every cloud has a silver lining — even getting older and needing ever-stronger reading glasses, as it turns out.
I’ve been using off-the-rack magnifiers from the pharmacy for the past few years, but the 1.25 strength I started out with doesn’t seem to do the trick any more. (I hate when that happens!)
My mom’s church collects used eyeglasses for those in need and because my eyesight has gotten worse over time (here’s the silver-lining part), I have a few old pairs of specs to donate.
At the back of the church, there’s a collection box from the Lions Club with a sign that says: “Gift of Sight: Your unwanted glasses will help someone see better.”
Parishioners (or anyone, really) can simply drop old, but wearable, eyeglasses in the box, the Lions Club collects them and they get sorted, cleaned, classified and distributed to developing countries such as Angola, Bangladesh, Cambodia, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Samoa, Zambia, and many more.
According to the Lions Club website, the World Health Organization estimates that 153 million people around the world have “uncorrected refractive errors” (also known as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism), which can all be corrected with eyeglasses.
And businesses, schools, libraries — and, of course, optometrist’s and ophthalmologist’s offices (try saying that 10 times fast!) — can all apply to become drop-off points. Great idea, really.
Because when those clouds do gather, it’s nice to be able to focus on the silver lining….
P.S. Here’s some music that’s also nice to focus on…. Enjoy!
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