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Maui Lions helping keiki and needy around the world

By Staff | Jan 22, 2015

Maui Lions will be out in force on Saturday, Jan. 24, to conduct two important drives.

The Maui Lions Club and Kahalawai Lions Branch Club will hold their sixth annual Slipper Drive at Lahaina Cannery Mall (in front of Longs Drugs) on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All slippers will be delivered to local schools, so nurses can give them to children who need slippers during the school year.

To prevent any health concerns, drop off new slippers or monetary donations to support this community event.

The goal for 2015, as in years past, is to collect 400 pairs of slippers.

Next, the sixth annual “Lions in Sight” campaign – a statewide eyeglass and hearing aid collection drive – will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lens Crafters at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Maui Lions ask residents to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and hearing aids, then donate them to the Lions Recycle For Sight program.

Glasses will be distributed to the needy in developing countries, where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

Most recently, 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses were distributed to villagers throughout the mountainous terrain of war-torn Afghanistan by Hawaii Lions Club members.

In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages, and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.

In addition to the eyeglasses, hearing aids will be collected, cleaned and tested for local distribution.

Your unwanted glasses or hearing aid could be a Godsend to a needy resident on Maui or around the world. For information, contact Alice Kudo at (808) 456-7278 ormpback@hawaiiantel.net.