Leos to collect used eyeglasses Oct. 20

Members of the Hillsboro Leo Club will be trick or treating for used eyeglasses from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20.

?Look for your used prescription eyeglasses around your home or office,?said Michael Klaassen, club president.

?Whether they?re big or small, in style or not, your eyewear could help someone in a developing country see the world more clearly.?

During the Halloween season, the eyeglass drive, known as Sight Night, gives children and adults a tangible way to participate in a global act of kindness on Halloween, Klaassen said.

?Our efforts will change lives,? Klaassen said. ?Some people who receive this eyewear may now be able to work, read or see the board in school because of their improved eyesight.?

The used eyewear will be recycled by ?Give the Gift of Sight? and Lions Clubs International and hand-delivered to underprivileged people around the world.

During its eight years, more than 100,000 community volunteers have participated in Sight Night, collecting more than 900,000 pairs of used eyewear.

Officials with the World Health Organization said 250 million of the people in the world need corrective eyewear. But many people, especially those in developing countries, do not have access to eye care or eyewear.

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