Collecting used eyeglasses is one of the consistent services the Jekyll Island Lions Club has conducted over the years. The Club currently has collection boxes on Jekyll Island at Ameris Bank, Judy Kay’s Salon, the Quality Inn in their housekeeping facility, and at the Jekyll Island Camp Ground in their community room. This summer, official Lions Clubs International (LCI) thank you cards were specifically purchased for the businesses hosting the Club’s boxes. In the card, it was pointed out how many glasses had been collected at each location and a packet of information about the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation with a drink cozie was included. It is important to thank the businesses that support the Club.
Meanwhile, Lion Jim has been very successful obtaining glasses on the mainland from various sources. So what does the Club do with all these glasses? Lions Jim, Cathy, and Pete take turns volunteering at the monthly Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation eye clinics held at the Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) in Brunswick. A van from the Foundation drives to Brunswick for the clinics and the Club gives them the glasses, which are then transported to their facility in Chamblee for cleaning. The majority of the refurbished glasses are given to overseas missions for distribution to those who can’t afford glasses.
For the Jekyll Island businesses, here are the collection totals from the date a box was dropped off to the end of June 2017.
Ameris Bank (August 2015 to June 2017) = 225
Judy Kay’s Salon (August 2015 to June 2017) = 73
Camp Ground (August 2015 to June 2017) = 10
Quality Inn (February 2016 to June 2017) = 139