December 2, 2015
DEC 2 LIIONS EILEEN Photo A Donation container Drummond Community Bank lrThe Cedar Key Lions Club Recycle for Sight project kicks off this winter with expanded donation locations and opportunities to help those with vision problems. The Lions are collecting used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as well as hearing aids, and expanding their collection efforts to included printer cartridges and old cell phones as part of a unique recycling program.

Donated eyeglasses and hearing aids will be shipped to a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution to sight and hearing impaired poor in developing where eye and hearing care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

The printer cartridges are sold to recyclers to benefit Lions programs and the cellphones are provided to victims of domestic violence and to older people who cannot afford them. Even without a cell phone carrier the phones can be used to dial 911 for emergency help.

“We hope everyone will go through their drawers and cabinets to pull out and donate used eyeglasses, hearing aids and other recyclables,” said Judy Howerton, eyeglass collection coordinator. “In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.”

To donate used glasses (including sunglasses, reading glasses as well as hearing aids, cellphones and printer cartridges,) place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes and/or our new Golden Bucket collection container to be found at the following locations:

In Cedar Key:
Drummond Community Bank
Capitol City Bank
Cedar Key City Hall
Cedar Key Library
The Key Hole Artist co-op
Sandy’s Produce
Christ Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall
In Bronson:
Drummond Community Bank
Capitol City Bank
Bronson Town Hall

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.DEC 2 LIONS BUCKET Photo B Donation container lr

The Cedar Key Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 at the Cedar Key Community Center.  Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. Lions also assist those in need in obtaining vision exams and eyeglasses, as well as eye surgery and hearing aids and screen preschool age children in Levy County for possible early childhood vision problems. For more information about the Lions vision care program and hearing aid program, please visit

Pictured: Cedar Key Lions President Eileen Bowers presents the new Lions “Golden Bucket” collection container to Bank Vice President Heath Davis for placement in the Drummond Community Bank Lobby. The container accepts old eyeglasses, hearing aids, printer ink cartridges and cell phones for recycling and redistribution to people in need.