The local post office in Marcola, Oregon currently has a drop off container for any eyeglasses that are no longer needed. Thank you for your generous,heartfelt donations.


Lions are recognized worldwide for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness" during the association's 1925 international convention.

Today, in addition to their international SightFirst program, Lions extend their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts.

Lions are also involved in a variety of other activities to improve their communities and help people in need, such as assisting the hearing impaired, providing diabetes awareness and education materials, working on environmental projects and developing youth programs.

At our local Mohawk Valley Lions Club we can aid low income and Senior Citizens in receiving the glasses that they need in order to help them see better and have a brighter outlook for the future. Alot of the children and seniors in the U.S. alone today go without the proper eyecare that they so desperately need. If you know someone or are someone in need of vision care, please contact us here on the site at the email of . Please put your Name and Phone # , request for assistance, and a good time to contact you. We will have Eileen Lee get in contact with you to make the proper arrangements. The MSU van(Mobile Sight Unit) for the sight and hearing was @ both schools last year and will be there again this year in April to test all members in the community for hearing and sight. With the help of the Mohawk Valley Lions Club, a vast majority of the students at our local schools received the proper exams that they otherwise were unable to obtain and are in the process of getting the glasses and or hearing aids needed to better their sight and education. Thank you to Dr. Trevor Cleveland, O.D.

Lions and other volunteers collect used eyeglasses for donation to Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers that are located throughout the world. The used eyeglasses are cleaned, repaired and classified by prescription. The eyeglasses are then distributed to those in need by Lion volunteers and other organizations hosting optical missions in developing countries.

Individuals may donate used eyeglasses to Lions clubs via:

  • Lions collection boxes located at various community offices and businesses. 

 Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers: (The Lions Eyeglasses Recycling Program was adopted as an official service activity of Lions Clubs International in October 1994. However, Lions have been recycling eyeglasses for more than 70 years. The goal of the program is to meet the demand for quality eyeglasses in developing nations. Currently, it costs less than US eight cents to provide someone with recycled eyeglasses.)

  • Office of American Optometric Association.
  • Goodwill Stores
  • Lenscrafters Stores
  • Local Drop off Boxes all over Lane County 

Once you are approved by the Mohawk Valley Lions Club for vision and or hearing aid assistance you will have the opportunity to see the lovely staff at the Eugene Hearing and Speech faclility and or one of our local facilities that are approved for the program.

Their website address with all information is listed below at the following link:

Statistics show that 24 million in the US have a significant hearing loss, 2 million are under 18 and one-third of older Americans has hearing problems. Hearing loss is the third leading chronic disability following arthritis and hypertension in older Americans. Many in the Burbank community, young and old, live in isolation due to hearing loss because of the prohibitive cost of purchasing hearing aids.

"Ear of the Lion" is a Lions Club International non-profit program designed to meet the hearing needs of low-income individuals. Its purpose is to insure that no one walk around isolated from family and friends due to a correctable hearing loss because of a lack of funds.

The program begins with the collection of used hearing aids in the community by Burbank Noon Lion members. Local audiologists are recruited to participate in the Ear of the Lion's Network of Cooperation, providing licensed care for patient.

Potential recipients complete an application to determine eligibility. Those qualifying are then given tests by an audiologist to determine their specific needs. Used hearing aids are cleaned, reconditioned and reshelled by a competent repair service to meet the client's prescription. Fittings and adjustments are provided by the audiologist and the Ear of the Lion recipient is once again able to hear - all provided at no cost by the Burbank Noon Lions, except for a minimal participation fee.

When the Ear of the Lion Foundation was begun in 1995 hearing aids were issued through the Foundation,  to Northern California residents. In 1999 hearing aids were issued to residents in both Northern and Southern California for a retail value of $1,545,000.00. The Ear of the Lion project can only be offered in cities where a local Lions club has joined the Foundation to participate.

Those interested in completing an eligibility application, know someone who may qualify or have one or more used hearing aids to donate for recycling, please contact Twyla Driscoll @, or Lion Patty Tilton @ 541-933-1212. For donations of used eyeglasses or hearing aids you may use our local drop boxes for eyeglasses and hearing aids.

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