Recycle your eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids to help others

April 5, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

For the last few decades, the Taubman Health Sciences Library has collected used eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids for the Ann Arbor Lions Club.

Each year, more than 10,000 items are collected in the Ann Arbor area alone. They are cleaned, adjusted and sorted according to prescription by members of the Lions Club. Then, they are disseminated by volunteers to individuals in other countries who would otherwise go without these much needed items.

Through the program, eyeglasses and hearing aids have been distributed within 87 countries to those who need them. One country in particular, Peru, has been assisted by U-M’s Robert Hyzy, M.D., who has distributed 500 pairs of donated glasses to residents of the Peruvian Amazon Basin during three different trips to the region.

If you have any glasses or hearing aids that you’d like to donate, you can drop them off at the information desk of the Taubman Health Sciences Library. Or they can be sent via campus mail to:

  • Schnitzer c/o Taubman Health Sciences Library, 48109-2038

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact schnitzr@umich.edu or call 734-936-1402.

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