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Go through those drawers and cupboards to find old eyeglasses to donate to the Lake Oswego Lions Club Sight and Hearing Foundation.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Look for the Lake Oswego Lions Clubs drop boxes in businesses throughout the city. The club seeks donations all year long of used eyeglasses, but particularly at this time of year.

The Lake Oswego Lions Club encourages all to give the gift of sight by recycling eyeglasses you or your children may have outgrown in their LIONS Recycle Drop-Boxes.

The organization collects glasses regularly and warehouses them at the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation in Portland. The glasses are sorted by volunteers and then sent to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, where inmates sort, clean, calibrate and catalog the glasses. To learn how to do this, the inmates are enrolled in a special education program, from which they become certified dispensing opticians, ready for employment upon release.

Once the glasses are deemed "mission ready" they are sent to the Lion's Vision Missions all over the world. In recent years, the glasses have gone to Mexico, Peru, Vietnam and a number of countries in Africa. For some in those countries, it's a two-day walk to the free mission to receive their first exam and eyeglasses.

Lake Oswego Lions Club collects eyeglasses throughout the year, but have a special focus in November to continue their commitment to be The Knights of the Blind, a special challenge Helen Keller made to Lions International almost 100 years ago.

In Lake Oswego, drop sites are located at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave.; Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave.; Albertsons market, 16199 Boones Ferry Road; New Seasons Market, 3 Monroe Parkway. For a complete list of donation sites call Dean Surface at 503-201-4165.

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