Have you ever thought that the old pair of glasses sitting in the back of your drawer gathering dust could ever be used again? Well, guess what.
Specsavers in East Maitland is on a mission to assist people all over the world take control of their sights and they need the people of the Hunter Region to help.
Specsavers East Maitland has partnered up with Lions Recycle for Sight to launch a glasses recycling program which exists to deliver top notch glasses and sunglasses to people in need overseas.
"We're asking the community to clear out their drawers of old glasses as part of their spring cleaning and put them the good use by donating them to this cause," shop co-owner Robert Allen said.
"The more we can collect the better, because every pair of glasses will make a significant difference."
Lions Recycle for Sight Australia has been operational for 26 years and over that time has improved the lives of more than 7 million people by providing them with the wonder of sight.
There are approximately 101.2 million people visually impaired across the world and because they don't have access to quality glasses, they are missing out on vital educational and employment opportunities.
This year, Lions Recycle for Sight Australia is aiming to refurbish enough glasses to be placed on the faces of 500,000 people worldwide and by 2023; they hope to achieve a total of 1 million pairs per year.
Once glasses are collected, they are taken to the Lions Recycle for Sight headquarters in Queensland who run quality checks, clean and categorise the glasses ready for distribution to people in need.
People of Maitland can support the cause by taking their pre-loved glasses and sunglasses into the store.
To donate, either place them in the allocated recycling container or hand them to a team member.
For more information about Lions Recycle for Sight, visit their website