Believe it or not, the first week of 2024 is drawing to a close. Only 51 weeks to go! Today in “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024” we are going to talk about what to do with old eyeglasses. The good news about old eyeglasses is we know we can’t use them anymore, so removing them from our space is less of an emotional issue and more of a practical one.
Eyeglasses should not go into your recycling bin because they are made up of different materials and will be rejected. Since eyeglasses are not hazardous, they can go into the trash. However, a more appealing alternative may be to donate old eyeglasses for reuse.
The best option for old eyeglasses is to donate them to an organization that can get them into the hands of people who need them. The Lions Club International Foundation has been active in this area for many years. On their site you can click on the tab at the top that says, “Find a Club,” whom you can then contact for information about eyeglass donation. In my area, the Lions Club has a collection box at the Darien Library.
Another alternative is to check with your local vision store. Costco has partnered with Assist International, a nonprofit organization, to offer an eyeglasses donation program. They have donation boxes in their optical center at their warehouses. Walmart vision centers also collect old eyeglasses, as do many Pearle Vision stores.
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While it might take a small bit of effort, donating your old eyeglasses can truly bless someone in need of vision care.
Do you wear glasses?