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How to Donate Glasses & Eyewear for a Cause

Just one pair of glasses aids the ability to read, learn, and create, enables professional success, and builds an independent future. Imagine life without the security of seeing well. At, we encourage you to care to make a difference. Instead of tossing old readers in the trash or stowing them in a desk drawer, donate the pairs you no longer wear — or buy an extra pair during checkout to donate to organizations in need.

Recycle Your Eyeglasses for a Cause

How can you help? Consider giving your glasses to one of these inspiring organizations:

New Eyes

New Eyes has helped improve the eyesight of more than 7.5 million individuals through its recycled and new glasses programs since 1932. This charitable organization sends glasses to global medical missions and helps people attain vouchers for free prescription glasses all across the U.S. is a huge fan of New Eyes’ efforts to help those in our very own backyard! Read more information about this worthy cause.

The Lions Club International

The Lions Club sponsors many sight initiatives, including one of the largest eyeglass donation efforts. Glasses collected by the Lions Club go to programs such as schools, community centers, churches, and developing countries. For a list of Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers, please visit this page or be sure to look for Lions Club collection boxes at Walmart vision centers and Sam’s Club stores.

Or consider mailing those readers in! Just address to the following:
Lions Club International Headquarters
Attention: Receiving Department
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA


OneSight hand-delivers gently used glasses to global, regional, and community clinics. To donate your glasses to OneSight, drop them off at your local LensCrafters, ILORI, Optical Shop of Aspen, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, or Target Optical. Click here to find a donation box near you.

Tell Us Your Story

If you’ve recently donated your readers or would like to spread the news, post a picture of your donation on our Facebook page or write to us at and let us know how you spread the gift of vision to others. We’d love to hear from you!

On behalf of the entire family, we thank you for helping this initiative and are grateful for your support. With every pair of reading glasses donated, you’re changing the way others see the world!

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  • Maria


    There are six of us in my family all of whom need glasses. We have excellent vision insurance, and my kids have been getting new glasses each year with designer frames, the works. Last month I checked to see how many old prescription glasses our family had accumulated in the last ten years. We had over 30 pairs – bifocals, transitions, everything one needs to see the world. We donated them all to Lens Crafters. I hope some deserving person gets them. The glasses looked great and made a blurry world a little bit better.

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