January 29, 2010
Glasses can help improve individuals' vision, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F) and the Lions Club in Delta County, Colorado, are teaming up to recycle more than 20,000 pairs of eyeglasses.
The organizations are putting their resources together to supply the eyeglasses to Delta High School's (DHS) Leo Club, which is a junior version of the Delta Lions Club, according to the Delta County Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
The Leo Club and the I.O.O.F have worked together in the past to provide spectacles to the community. Both organizations have been staunch supporters of vision research, collecting eyeglasses to go to less fortunate individuals who cannot afford eye care. The Leo Club paired up with the Delta Odd Fellows when they realized that they were both pursuing a similar mission as the Odd Fellows has been supporting many eye institutions and programs for more than 100 years.
The Lion's Club is also helping out their junior organization with the recycled glasses.
The glasses are taken to a facility where they are cleaned and then distributed wherever they are needed. Generally, adults have a greater need for eyeglasses, because their vision will begin to worsen after age 40, according to All About Vision.