(BEDFORD) - Do you have unwanted eyeglasses and hearing aids stashed in a drawer?
The Lions Club could use them to change the lives of others. More than 3,000 pairs of used eyeglasses were collected in 2013 by the four Lawrence County Lions Clubs: Bedford Lions Club, Bedford Noon Lions Club, Mitchell Lions Club, and Fayetteville Community Lions Club. During that same period the clubs collected 65 used hearing aids.
The used eyeglasses are repaired and distributed at no cost by the Lions Club Collection Center to help underprivileged people in need in developing countries and Lions Club Loaner Program repairs and distributes hearing aids in need in Indiana.
The Bedford Lions Club started this collecting the items in 1972 and were joined by the Bedford Noon Lions Club in 2002, the Mitchell Lions Club in 2006, and the Fayetteville Community Lions Club in 2009 with a total of 59,150 used eyeglasses and 1,130 used hearing aids being collected during those years.
The Lions Clubs would like to thank all the businesses, churches, and organizations for their support of our ongoing collection project by placing collection boxes at their facilities.
There are now 40 locations in the Lawrence County where used eyeglasses and hearing aids can be dropped off.
The following locations collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids.
- Bedford American Legion Post #33, 515 X St.
- IU Health Bedford Hospital, 2900 W. 16th St.
- Crane Federal Credit Union , 1201 James Ave.
- Jim Day Appliances, 1608 Williams Road
- St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, 1600 23rd St.
- Farm Bureau Insurance , 3155 John Williams Blvd.
- GM Powertrain Medical Dept., 105 GM Drive
- Priceless IGA, 510 N St.
- Day & Carter Mortuary, 1133 Lincoln Ave.
- Kmart, 1320 James Ave.
- Lowes, 3300 16th St.
- Dr. Jim Sowders office, 1615 O St.
- Walmart Vision Center, 3200 John Williams Blvd.
- Dr. James Wilhite office, 1803 16th St.
- Lawrence County Courthouse, 916 15th St.
- Bedford Public Library, 1323 K St.
- Donica Church Of God, 1969 Donica Church Road
- Englewood Baptist Church, 3118 Washington Ave.
- First United Methodist Church, 1409 K St.
- Free Methodist Church, 640 R St.
- Hillcrest Christian Church, 1130 Hillcrest Rd
- New Hope Community Church, 2040 U.S. 50 East
- Calvary Lutheran Church , 3705 Austin Dr.
- First Baptist Church, 1515 20th St.
- First Christian Church, 1101 15th St.
- Bedford Hearing Aid Specialist, 2809 Washington Ave.
- IU Health Bedford Hospital Clinic, 2900 W 16th St.
- Dr. Marc Jones office, 1901 16th St.
- Union Optical, 3120 16th St.
- Walgreens, 1215 16th St.
- St. Vincent Thrift Store, 920 17th St.
- Orscheln Farm And Home Store, 8997 SR 37 S
- Goodwill Store, 1221 James Ave.
- Bedford Boat & Sportsman Club, 3916 Pumphouse Road
- Mitchell American Legion Post #250, 515 W. Oak St.
- Insights Optical , 725 W. Main St.
- Ace Hardware-Ben Franklin, Main Street
- Mitchell Optical, 527 W. Main St.
- Mitchell VFW Post #9107, SR 60 East
- Mitchell Community Public Library, 804 Main St.
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