Machinists and Lions Club team up to collect glasses

SEATTLE — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are joining with the Bonney Lake Lions Club this summer to collect used eyeglasses for people in need.

Eyeglass-BoxCollection boxes are being placed at all IAM 751 union halls in Puget Sound. The drive will run from June through September.

The collected glasses will be cleaned and repaired, if need be, and then sorted by prescription type. Then, volunteer vision professionals take the donated eyeglasses to people in remote parts of developing countries, where they either don’t have access to eye doctors or can’t afford to buy glasses.

The Lions Clubs also collect reading glasses and non-prescription sunglasses to hand out to homeless people in the Northwest.

“Machinists Union members at Boeing have good vision benefits, which means those of us who need glasses can get new ones on a regular basis,” said Rob Curran, the chairman of the Machinists Volunteer Program, which is the community service arm of District 751. “But what do we do with the old ones? This is a chance to recycle our old glasses and help improve the quality of life for people around the globe.”

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 34,000 working men and women at 52 employers across Washington and California.

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