The Jekyll Island Lions Club collects and recycles used glasses. They can be prescription glasses, sun glasses, or readers. All are valuable and can help someone see better. On the island, eyeglass collection boxes are located in the community room of the Jekyll Island Campground, Ameris Bank and Judy Kay’s Salon in the Beach Village, and the Quality Inn. About once a week, a Lion checks the boxes for donations. The donations are collected, logged per location into a spreadsheet and then boxed up for delivery to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. Usually, the delivery is made when the Foundation team is conducting a clinic in Brunswick at the Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) office. From March 2016, when record keeping began, to 15 February 2017, 333 used glasses have been recycled on the island. An undetermined number of glasses have also been collected from other locations on the mainland by Jekyll Lions.
In related news, the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center will be hosting its annual art sale on Sunday, 19 February in the Morgan Center. The Lions Club will have a booth there with a used eyeglasses collection box for anyone who wants to donate. In addition, the Club will be selling Jekyll Island telephone books, Guggisberg Baby Swiss Cheese wheels and Moonshine Cakes. The sale runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. While at the sale, why not stop by the booth and ask about the Lions Club. Lions are always looking for new members who would like to serve the local community.