Recycle Glasses

The Virginia Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center provides used eyeglasses to various missions sponsored by Lions and other groups.

Used eyeglasses have been shipped to:

  • Honduras
  • Guyana
  • Peru
  • Ukraine
  • Guatemala
  • Brazil
  • Thailand
  • Romania
  • Haiti
  • Brazil
  • Nicaragua
  • Malawi
  • Dominican Republic
  • St. Croix
  • Puerto Rico
  • Israel
  • The Republic of Congo
  • Ecuador
Recycle for Sight

The center has also sent glasses to the Republic of Sri Lanka and Mexico for use in their permanent distribution centers. In addition, the center partners with local organizations to conduct international health fairs and expeditions. The center received a donation of approximately 264,000 pairs of sunglasses (worth US$2 million) from Gifts-In-Kind International.

Please contact the center prior to sending large quantities of glasses.

Virginia Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (Multiple District 24)

Ship To:

Virginia Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
501 Elm Avenue, S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24016

Send Correspondence/Small Parcels To:

Virginia Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
P.O. Box 1772
Roanoke, VA 24008-1772
Tel: 540.345.8823
Fax: 540.982.8195
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Contact:

Lion Dr. H. Hauser Weiler, MD, PCC
LERI Secretary/Treasurer
Tel: 804.435.0547
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MD 24 Statewide Centers

Processing Center

Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center of Roanoke Virginia
501 Elm Avenue, S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24016

Processing Center Contact

Lion Merle Hash, Acting Director
Tel: 540.345.8823
Fax: 540.982.8195
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Northern Virginia District Processing Center

Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center of Northern Virginia
601 S. Carlin Springs Rd
Arlington, VA 22204

Processing Center Contact

Lion David Collyer, Operations Manager
Tel: 703.671.1919
Fax: 703.656.4787
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Eastern Virginia District Processing Center

Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center of Eastern Virginia
2040 Broadmoor Av
Chesapeake, VA 23323

Processing Center Contact

Lion Chester P. Kramer, PDG
Phone: 757.627.4583
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In the past, the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center of Northern Virginia coordinated the “Helping the World to See” program. The center worked with United Airlines, the Sterling Lions, and 45 public schools to collect eyeglasses for one month. The donated eyeglasses were cleaned, categorized by prescription, packaged, and shipped via United Airlines to Thailand. A doctor in Bangkok distributed the used eyeglasses to children and adults.

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