CSP-Solano helps Lions Club collect used eyeglasses

Warden Eric Arnold and Community Resource Manager Tonya Parker-Mashburn with 120 glasses to be donated to Lions Club International that will be sent to needy recipients in South America.

Community Resource Manager Tonya Parker-Mashburn and Warden Eric Arnold with 120 glasses to be donated to Lions Club International that will be sent to needy recipients in South America.

By Lt. John Ojo, AA/Public Information Officer
California State Prison, Solano

Those with visual impairments just got a boost of help from California State Prison, Solano (SOL).

SOL has partnered with Lions In Sight of California and Nevada (LIS) to help make the world a brighter place for children and adults in need of eyeglasses.

“I’m proud that CSP-Solano is a designated eyeglasses collection site for the Lions Recycle for Sight campaign. By collecting usable eyeglasses, together we can improve the vision and lives of children, adults and seniors around the world. CSP-Solano has donated about 225 eyeglasses in the past year. A lot of people get to view the world more clearly because of the donations from our caring staff, volunteers and inmates,” said Community Resources Manager Tonya Parker-Mashburn.

LIS is a nonprofit charitable organization and an endorsed project by Lions Clubs International to bring eyeglasses to a world of people in need. Lives are diminished as vision is diminished. Children with poor vision struggle in school, limiting their opportunities to lead a normal, productive life. Adults lose productivity as their near vision predictably declines with age. Seniors lose their independence and dignity as they become increasingly reliant upon others for the simplest tasks.

The mission of Lions In Sight is to promote the collection of used eyeglasses for the purpose of recycling and use in developing nations worldwide and to provide no cost primary eye care to the needy and low-income citizens in economically disadvantaged countries.

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