This project, founded in 1990, fulfills one of the main objectives of the International Lions Club...that is, to sponsor and promote programs that deal with Sight Preservation and the Fight Against Blindness. This project combines the group efforts of the Lions Clubs and Eye Care Professionals to provide reconditioned, recycled eye glasses, at NO COST, to homeless and uninsured people living in our Central Florida Community. Eye glasses are also provided for Vision Projects to aid people in need throughout the world. Team members for these Vision Projects consist of Eye Care Professionals, members of the Lions Clubs and lay persons, who work together to provide eye examinations and dispense reconditioned, recycled eye glasses to those in need...all at no cost to the recipient.
On Feb 9th in a joint effort the Project Right to Sight team, Oviedo-Winter Springs Lions, and the Ocoee Lions Club hosted an Eyeglass Sorting event. The groups had help from 55 Lions and volunteers including District Governor Helene Thompson, First Vice District Governor Greg Evans, Project Right to Sight President Julio Ochoa, Project Right to Sight Vice President and Ocoee Lions President Steven Van Varick, members from several Florida Lions Clubs in District 35-O, and volunteers that included students from local middle schools, high schools, and UCF. 58 boxes were sorted into categories such as, eye glasses, readers, prescription sun glasses, regular sun glasses, hard and soft cases, and reusable pieces. Once sorted they were boxed to be sent to the next step in processing. It is estimated that 33,000 glasses and cases were sorted. These items were donated from various people, organizations, and groups around Florida. The end result will be to get these items to people that need them but can’t afford them otherwise.
Additionally, Project Right to Sight hosted tours of the eyeglass warehouse. This allowed the volunteers and Lions to get a chance to see the fruits of their labor.
Everyone had fun and enjoyed working in unity to serve the community. We thank all of the volunteers and Lions that came out to assist with this event. “We Serve”
District 35 - O Lions : PROJECT : RIGHT TO SIGHT, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.