Lions Install Eyeglass Collection Box at Hayward VFW

The Hayward Lions Club recently put a new receptacle for the collection of glasses out in front of the Hayward Community Center(VFW). The collection box is an old USPS mailbox. The club found out that an old USPS mailbox was available from someone in Spooner, WI. The club made the necessary contact — sand blasted the box — painted the box in the colors of the Lions International. The collection box has been in front of the Hayward Community Center (VFW) for about two months. During that period of time, people in the Hayward community have donated over 250 pairs of glasses.

The Hayward Lions Club has several collection points in Hayward. Maureen Ryan is the Lion responsible for picking up the glasses from the collection points. Chuck Aubart takes the glasses from Maureen and delivers them to the proper representative at the Lions District Convention. The District Convention is an annual affair. At the convention, all of the glasses from the district that have been collected are loaded into a trailer and taken to collection point in southern Wisconsin. The central collection point then goes over each individual pair of glasses and determines the prescription. The glasses are thus sorted and then shipped all over the world. In any given year, Lions International collects/distributes in the hundreds of thousands of pairs of glasses. The Lions motto is: “We Serve.” Lions International is known all over the world as the organization with the goal of preserving sight.