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People can hang their used prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses on a tree at the Johnson County Courthouse or in the courthouse's west annex. The Franklin Lion's Club and Frechette Eye Center annually collect the glasses and send them to needy people in a Third World country.
PHOTO BY MAGEN KRITSCH
People can hang their used prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses on a tree at the Johnson County Courthouse or in the courthouse's west annex. The Franklin Lion's Club and Frechette Eye Center annually collect the glasses and send them to needy people in a Third World country. PHOTO BY MAGEN KRITSCH


An old pair of your eyeglasses sitting in a drawer can help someone in another country see better.

The Franklin Lions Club and Frechette Eye Center in Franklin are collecting prescription, nonprescription and reading eyeglasses and sunglasses to donate to people in need in other countries.

Lions Club chapters across the nation are participating.

At a glance

The Franklin Lions Club and Frechette Eye Center are collecting new and used prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.

When: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through early January.

Where: Johnson County Courthouse and west annex in downtown Franklin

Why: To distribute to the needy in developing countries

Residents can place their eyeglasses at a Christmas tree at two main sites, the Johnson County Courthouse and the West Annex of the courthouse until the first week of January.

The Lions Club will send all donations to be cleaned and to have prescriptions tested.

Glasses then will be taken on a mission trip to a Third World country for people who cannot afford glasses, said Nancy McCay, president of the Franklin Lions Club chapter.

Donations in Indiana typically go to Mexico, she said.

Members on the mission trip will give free eye exams and give people donated glasses if they need a prescription, McCay said.

Helping others with eyesight has been a main philanthropy of the Lions Club since Helen Keller spoke to members of the club in the early 1900s, McCay said.

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