UK Advanced Eye Care collects more than 250 donations for those in need
The UK Advanced Eye Care Optical Shop hosted its second annual Re-Spectacle eyeglasses donation drive on June 14th, and it was certainly worth celebrating.
Optical Shop volunteers collected over 250 pairs of eyeglasses for the Lexington Lions Club, which provides free eyeglasses to those in need. UK Optical Shop partnered with the Lexington Lions Club to spread awareness about the recycling of spectacles. People from the community utilized a drive-thru station to donate used glasses.
The Lexington Lions Club provides the community a wide range of direct services. Over the last decade, it has contributed more than $1.25 million to programs that assist the blind and visually impaired, deaf and hearing-impaired and diabetics through vision and hearing screenings. The Lions Club also funds a retreat for the deaf/blind, a camp for diabetic children, and eye surgeries for those in need.
The Lions help purchase new glasses for those in need and send the used glasses to collection centers. Lions Clubs across the United States collect used eyeglasses and send them to collection centers to be sorted, cleaned, and repaired. Lexington Lions send their collections to the Upland, Ind. center, which has redistributed 33 million pairs of glasses to date.
The Lexington Lions Club and UK Advanced Eye Care have a strong partnership. There are glasses donation receptacles at each optical shop location, and UK Advanced Eye Care is working to partner with the Lions Club on various events and projects.
We are so grateful for our generous community. Thank you to everyone that took time out of their day to bring over a pair of eyeglasses and help support an incredible cause.
Thanks to you, over 250 people will have a new pair of glasses - free of charge.
Here’s what the optical shop manager and organizer of the event, Megan Chestnut, had to say.
“We are proud of the collaboration between UK HealthCare and the Lexington Lions Club, as we both believe in providing quality vision services to all. The ReSpectacle Event is a great way for the community to give back by recycling their old glasses. The Lions Club offers these recycled and refurbished glasses to underserved communities around the globe. We are delighted to host this event and look forward to future collaborations.”
Whether you recently donated your old frames or just want a summer upgrade, visit one of our convenient Optical Shop locations, where we have a great selection of the latest styles of frames for every budget.
“We provide excellent customer service and complimentary adjustments and repairs on pieces sold in our shops. It is our goal to provide eyewear that patients can be proud of while they go about everyday life,” Dr. Andrew Pearson, Chair of Ophthalmology at UK HealthCare, said.
Click here to learn more about our Optical Shops, or drop by one of our locations at Shriners (110 Conn Terrace) or Turfland (2195 Harrodsburg Rd).