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Lions Club program provides eyeglasses to students in need; glasses donations welcome

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One of the ways the Lions Club fulfills its mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the local  community is through a new program started by New Mexico Lions Operation KidSight, Inc., said Program Manager Brenda Dunn of Las Cruces.

The program, called The Spare Pair and Replacement Program, offers a free pair of glasses for any student 18 years of age and under in New Mexico who has a current (1-year-old or less) eyeglass prescription, said Dunn, who is a member of the Las Cruces Noche Lions Club.

“The program is utilized quite often for students who chronically forget to bring their glasses to school where they need them most,” Dunn said.

The program can also be utilized by a student who has lost or broken his or her primary pair of glasses and is not eligible for a replacement through either Medicaid or regular vision insurance, she said.

To participate in the program, a student needs only to fill out and submit a simple request form, Dunn said.

A wide assortment of fashionable frames for boys and girls of all ages and sizes is available through the program.

The Lions Club also welcomes the donation of old prescription eyeglasses, which can be dropped off at the Lions Club drop box at the Lions Club Community Center, 1501 N. Solano Drive. The glasses will be used to help people in the United States and around the world who need prescription eyeglasses but either cannot afford them or do not have access to them.

For more information, contact Dunn, a Lions Club member and vice president of the National Association of Vision Professionals, at nmlionskidsight@gmail.com.

Visit www.nmlionskidsight.com.