When we began edging lenses for our 30 year old Rotary driven clinics
in Guerrero, Mexico, our volunteer opticians coined the name "Crystal
Crafters". They then made a sign that said "Glasses in About an Hour".
After having their eyes professionally examined and their prescription
in hand, many patient's sight is restored with prescription glasses or
surgery. Many more miracles will happen if other Rotary Clubs embrace
this passion and join us in the making of these miracles. From personal
experience, we can tell you that there is no greater fulfillment than
observing the expressions of a poor soul who discovers they can see
Across the years, it has processed 450,000 pairs of used eyeglasses,
preparing them for global reissue through Rotary and other mission
minded organizations. To help offset this enormous loss, a number of
us in the area of Freeport-Clute-Lake Jackson, TX, have built a new
optical lab. Here's why we need your help. It takes about 10 pair of
used eyeglasses to get 3 re-usable pairs. That's lots of glasses!!
Please consider how your club can help.
Drives for used eyeglasses can be organized and published.
boxes can be placed in public places with appropriate signage.
Churches, optical shops, medical offices and hospitals will often
provide space for these collection boxes.
If your club sponsors a Rotaract or Interact Club, they can really buy into this project with lots of energy.
might even ask Lions Clubs, if their members know what happens to the
eyeglasses they collect. It is surprising that many do not know and
would be glad to see them put to a sure use.
If you have
opticians, optometrists or ophthalmologists in your club who would
assist us, we need professionals to examine eyes, perform surgery or
make glasses. Ask them to call, Tom Pruett (979) 297-2020 or Walter
Branson (979) 297-1970
CHECK US OUT AT: guerreroclinic.org