Outreach to Lion’s Club International

Jo Anne Robbins

St. George’s Mission and Outreach Committee is partnering with the Albany Troy Lions Club International to help people in need in three areas: vision, hearing and communications.

In the area of vision, the Lions collect and reprocess used prescription, non-prescription eyeglasses, and sunglasses and distribute them at no charge to the needy in developing countries around the globe. Your used glasses may give a child the chance to stay in school or provide an adult with the clear vision necessary to maintain employment.

The Lions also collect used hearing aids. Your donation of used hearing aids help hearing-impaired who can’t afford hearing aids within our local community. Some can be remanufactured and reused; the monetary credit Lion's Club get for the nonusable goes towards new hearing aids for those in need.

Finally, the Lions also collect used cell phones. They are interested in both cell phones and phone batteries (not AA and AAA, but the small plug in batteries that are used to power cell phones). Older used cell phones that cannot be reused are recycled in accordance with state and federal EPA guidelines. Used cell phones that have an economic value are refurbished and provide less fortunate people a means of obtaining an inexpensive cellular phone.

You may place your donations of eyeglasses, hearing aids and batteries, and cell phones and cell phone batteries in the green Lions collection box located on the table in Hatlee Hall. Please make sure that your glasses are in a case that protects them from scratching before dropping them in the collection box. Hearing aids and hearing aid batteries should be placed in a small sealed envelope and then dropped in the green collection box. Cell phones do not need a covering. They may be simply dropped in the green box.

If you have any question regarding this outreach project, please contact Jo Anne Robbins at (518) 952-7077.

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