By: Cayce Lee
Our vision is often something we take for granted. Being able to see the world around us – the birds in the trees, the flowers in the fields, the smiling faces across the table and pages of a book – we just enjoy the gift of sight until something changes and those things we once saw easily before have become blurred or worse vignetted by shadow. That’s why the American Optometric Association created National Save Your Sight Month in March to raise awareness of the importance of eye checkups; and to celebrate, Athens-Limestone Tourism has partnered with Athens Lions Club to collect old prescription glasses, sunglasses, and over-the-counter readers and help give the gift to sight to Alabamians in need through the Lions Vision Program.
During the month of March, everyone is invited to gather up their old prescription glasses, readers, and even old sunglasses and drop them off through March 31 at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center at 100 North Beaty Street in Athens from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
You might be surprised how many calls we get at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center from our citizens seeking help getting glasses. We’ve reached out to the Athens Lions Club to help these citizens, and the glasses collection during the month of March and Save Your Vision Month makes a lot of sense,” says Cayce Lee, Social Media Specialist for Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association.
First Vice President of the Athens Alabama Lions Club John Nazarchyk said of the Lions Vision Project, “The glasses we collect here are taken to Moody, Alabama, and processed; and their prescription strengths are determined so they can be distributed as needed to those who need help throughout Alabama.”
For questions about the Lions Vision Project, how to become a Lions member, or other Lions Programs, contact John Nazarchyk at 256-230-0208. For more information about volunteering at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center or other upcoming planned collection events, contact Cayce Lee at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center at 256-232-5411.
By: Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association