Just one of the many boxes of eye glasses that were donated by the Lions Club for Continuing Promise '09.

Just one of the many boxes of eye glasses that were donated by the Lions Club for Continuing Promise

If you are like me, you have probably wondered what happens to the old eye glasses that people donate to charity. Well, wonder no more. I am here to tell you that your donated eye glasses are being put to good use.

In just another success story I observed while embarked last week onboard USNS COMFORT, the Navy has partnered with Lions Clubs International to provide free eyeglasses to deserving patients from the host nations of Continuing Promise ’09. To date over 7,000 pairs of eye glasses have been distributed by the USNS COMFORT during CP 09 including 3,000+ pairs in Antigua & Barbuda alone.

According to one of the COMFORT’s eye doctors, Captain Michael Pattison, MSC, USN, eye glasses range between $400-1000 on Antigua & Barbuda thus making them prohibitively expensive for the average citizen. I asked CAPT Pattison about the partnership between the Navy and the Lions Club and he remarked, “Great. They help us a lot.”

So stop what you are doing and start rounding up your old eye glasses so you can help give the gift of sight. For more information on how to donate your old pair of eye glasses, go to www.lionsclub.org




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