Union collects 126 pairs of glasses for Lions Club

BONNEY LAKE – More than 10 dozen people will be able to see better thanks to members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751.

RobGlasses1Union members donated 126 pairs of used glasses that will be given to people in need through Lion’s Club International’s “Recycle for Sight” program.

The Machinists Volunteer Program at District 751 worked with the Bonney Lake Lions Club to collect the glasses at all IAM 751 union halls in Puget Sound.

“Many of us have old glasses laying around that we’re not using,” said MVP Committee Chairman Rob Curran. “This drive was an opportunity to put those unused glasses to a new use by giving them to people who need them the most.”

Used prescription glasses donated by union members will be cleaned and sorted at the Lions Club regional eyeglass recycling center in Olympia, then given to people in the developing world who have vision problems that can be fixed with glasses, but who don’t have access to eye doctors or optometrists or can’t afford prescription glasses.

The reading glasses and sunglasses donated by union members will be given to homeless people around Puget Sound.

Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 33,000 working men and women at 52 employers across Washington and California.

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