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Leo Club looking for used glasses, frames

What are you doing with the pile of outdated glasses shoved in the back of the dreaded junk drawer or taking up space in the bottom of your purse?

The Fort Frances High School Leo Club is looking for donations of old eyeglasses, lenses, and frames and today launched its “Sight Night” campaign—an annual event held each October during which old eyeglasses are collected to be recycled and sent to Third World countries.

Donation buckets will be placed in various businesses around town.

Businesses such as McDonald’s Restaurant, Safeway, and Wal-Mart have been asked to be participating sites, Leo Club teacher advisor Kendall Richardson noted this morning.

The Fort Frances Public Library and Cloverleaf (in Emo) also will accept donations of glasses on behalf of the Leo Club.

Anyone wanting to donate used eyeglasses is urged to place them in a bucket, marked with an orange “Sight Night” sign, at a participating location or bring them to the main office at Fort High.

The buckets will be collected during the first week of November. Collected eyeglasses then are cleaned, repaired, and hand-delivered during optical missions to Third World countries where they are greatly needed.

As well, Leo Club members have handed out buckets to each third period class at Fort High, starting a competition between classes to collect eyeglasses for “Sight Night,” explained Richardson.

The contest hopefully will get students to ask their family and friends for used glasses, who then will bring them in to their respective classes.

This friendly competition will continue until the first week of November. The class with the most eyeglasses collected will win an ice cream party.

Through both the collection sites and the classroom contest, the Leo Club collected more than 300 pairs of glasses during last year’s “Sight Night” drive, noted Richardson.

Complete pairs of children’s and adult prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses are needed, as well as non-prescription sunglasses. Do not, however, donate eyeglass cases along with the eyeglasses, as they are not needed.

The Leos have had generous community support in the past and encourage residents to continue to donate to this important cause, said Richardson.

While “Sight Night” has been restricted to a one-day drive elsewhere and held in conjunction with Hallowe’en, the local Leo Club chose to do it as they have and not have the teens going door-to-door on Oct. 31.

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