MARYSVILLE — The Arlington Lions Club received a holiday gift from the Marysville chapter of the Take Off Pounds Sensibly nonprofit support group, which TOPS members hope will share the gift of sight with the less fortunate around the world.
On Dec. 19, Randy Tendering of the Arlington Lions Club received 75 pairs of used eyeglasses from the Marysville TOPS chapter, which its members had been collecting since Thanksgiving.
“This is our first time donating glasses to the Lions Club, but we always try to do something for the community around Christmas,” Marysville TOPS Chapter Treasurer Ada Hamilton said. “Last year, we pitched in on behalf of a women’s shelter.”
For Hamilton, the Lions’ Eyeglass Recycling Centers serve a cause that hits close to home, since she has glaucoma, so when she saw a promotion for the program at Marysville optometrist Dr. Kim Kron’s office, she suggested it to her fellow Marysville TOPS members.
“When Randy came to collect the glasses, he explained that they would be sent to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Lacy, where they’d be cleaned and sorted before being sent to people all over the world who can’t afford glasses,” Hamilton said.
For more information on the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers, log onto www.lionsclubs.org/EN/our-work/sight-programs/eyeglass-recycling/lions-eyeglass-recycling-centers.php.
The Marysville chapter of TOPS meets every Wednesday at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, located at 4312 84th St. NE in Marysville, with an 8:30 a.m. weigh-in and meetings from 9-10 a.m. For more information, call Hamilton at 360-659-2293 or log onto www.tops.org.