Darien Lions Club
District 1-J Illinois

We Collect Used Eyeglasses and Recyclables

 
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1702 Plainfield Rd.
Darien, IL  60561
 

This page last updated 1/16/13
 

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The Darien Lions Club collects used eyeglasses, sunglasses, lenses, used hearing aids, and keys that are then passed on to the Lions of Illinois Foundation.  The used eyeglasses, sun glasses and hearing aids are then sorted, inspected, the prescriptions identified, and packaged to be shipped out of the country to third-world countries where they are distributed to needy children and adults to help improve their vision or hearing and their quality of life.  The keys are converted into cash to help cover the cost of distribution of the eyeglasses and hearing aids.

Our main collection box is in front of Jewel Foods on 75th and Cass Ave.  We also have collection points at other large retailers such as Meier's, Costco, and Sam's Club in Woodridge as well as Oxford Bank in Westmont, and Wal-Mart in Darien.  Most the items listed on this page can be deposited in the collection box (for larger electronics, see below).  You can also give your items to any Lions Club member you may know.

We also collect cell phones and ink jet cartridges.  Please note: laser and toner cartridges are not accepted.  (If the cartridge is larger than the palm of your hand, it is not an ink jet cartridge.)  These items are passed onto EcoPhones & Electronics who buy the cell phones and ink jet cartridges from us.  This income is put in our Darien Lions Foundation to grow the fund to help support our Special Needs committee and our Holiday Food Basket program.

EcoPhones & Electronics will also buy small electronic items from us.  They will pay something for every: laptop or notebook computer (working or not); digital camera or digital video recorder (working or not); handheld game consoles (working or not); and Apple iPods, Microsoft Zunes, Sandisk Sansa’s, and Creative Zen MP3 Players (working or not).  This income will also be put in our Darien Lions Foundation to grow the fund to help support our Special Needs committee and our Holiday Food Basket program.   Please contact Lion Ray Krusinski  (by using the email link on this page), Eyeglasses Committee Chairman, if you have any of these items to pass on to EcoPhones & Electronics. 

In previous years we collected the following items:

  • 3,489 pairs of eyeglasses sent to the Lions of Illinois Foundation

  • 16 pounds of keys sent to the Lions of Illinois Foundation

  • 98 cell phones sold to EcoPhones

  • 301 ink jet cartridges sold to EcoPhones

  • 12 hearing aids sent to Lions of Illinois Foundation

  • 1.5 lbs of aluminum pull tabs sent to Lions of Illinois Foundation

The Darien Lions Club Foundation received about $140 from EcoPhones for cell phones and ink jet cartridges this past year.  We thank you for donating your used items to a very worthy cause.