Don’t Throw Out Your Old Eyeglasses

Posted: October 25, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

Do you have an old or broken pair of eyeglasses lying around your house? If so, there is a great alternative to throwing those glasses away.

Gus Mellander’s sixth annual eyeglass drive is officially underway. All items collected are refurbished by technicians and physicians and then distributed free to needy persons.

“There are few things more useless than old glasses, broken frames, and loose lenses,” says Mellander, a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and the organizer of the campaign. “Yet it is amazing how many of us keep them,” And once the old glasses are refurbished, they become a useful commodity to people who need them, he says.

Mellander first launched the drive at George Mason in 1994 and has conducted similar drives at other colleges and universities for more than 30 years. He usually collects between 75 and 100 pairs of glasses during each campaign. Mellander normally collects the glasses from early October until the middle of November, but he welcomes contributions year-round.

Everything related to eyeglasses is welcomed, including broken frames, separate or loose lenses, and cases. Send all contributions to Mellander at MS 4B3.

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