If you've got an old set of sunglasses, nonprescription, or prescription lenses lying around, there are several organizations that are happy to take them off your hands. For low-income families and people living in developing countries, eyeglasses are a luxury that many can't afford, and your old lenses can make a big impact...
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- Lions Club cleans up old eyeglasses, sorts them by prescription, and donates them around the world. They have recycling centers in the US, Canada, and Europe.
- New Eyes for the Needy recycles eyeglasses for US and international patients in need. Donations are shipped to their headquarters in New Jersey.
- Unite for Sight sends eyeglasses to African nations. They're especially in need of sunglasses and reading glasses. Donations are shipped to their recycling center in Tennessee.
- LensCrafters runs the "Give the Gift of Sight" foundation, which recycles eyeglasses for people around the world. They accept drop-offs at any LensCrafters location.
Other suggestions for places to donate your eyeglasses? Let us know in the comments below.