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HELOISE Charity recycles eyeglasses



Published: Tue, January 25, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Dear Heloise: Your mention of New Eyes for the Needy in past columns has been a great help in educating the public about our mission to provide better vision to the less fortunate. As a result, many, many donations of used eyeglasses, hearing aids and jewelry have come to our office from across the United States. We are writing to ask if you would mention us again.

New Eyes is a master recycler. We are looking for eyeglasses in good condition, hearing aids and jewelry. Plastic glasses are sent to medical missions and hospitals in developing countries like Jamaica, Nigeria, Bolivia, Uganda, Mexico and Thailand. Some 300,000 pairs of glasses were distributed last year.

Metal-framed glasses and hearing aids are sold for their scrap value. Donated jewelry is sold in a shop on our premises. The proceeds of these recycling efforts are used to buy new prescription eyeglasses for schoolchildren, the elderly and needy adults in the United States. Last year, we helped almost 7,000 Americans who could not afford to buy glasses.

Our volunteers sort thousands of pairs of glasses annually and have been doing this important work since the founding of New Eyes for the Needy in 1932. Please ask your readers to send their recyclable items (eyeglasses, hearing aids and jewelry) to us at: New Eyes for the Needy, 549 Milburn Avenue, Dept. H, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

Donations are tax-deductible. Alyce Twomey, executive director, New Eyes for the Needy

Your organization does a fabulous job, and I applaud all the volunteers who sort, clean, package, etc. Folks, check around your house and collect at the office, church, synagogue, exercise group, etc. Tell them Heloise sent you, and add a dollar or two if you can. Heloise

Dear Heloise: I don't have time to keep a journal, but I do like to have something to jog my memory about what I did each year.

I buy a notebook-style calendar at the beginning of each year and tape ticket stubs, programs, photos and other little mementos inside, as well as brief notes about where I was and what I did. It makes a fun memory book to look back on. Sue Davis, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Dear Heloise: My husband is on four ongoing prescriptions. Because our drugstore gives duplicate receipts, we keep one set in our wallets. The receipts are only 4 inches by 11/2 inches and include my husband's name, address, phone number and doctor, as well as the name and dose of the medication. We staple them together, and in the event of an emergency, there's no need to try to remember all that information. Sandra, Newark, N.Y.

XSend a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) HELOISE or e-mail to Heloise@Heloise.com.

King Features Syndicate




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