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Fandom = Citizenship, Part the Umpteenth

Blood Ties Fans Give Back has hit on the PERFECT fannish charity drive: glasses to the Lions club recycling program.

I love this because (a) it keys on Vicki as the center of the show, and (b) I do love my vampire fandoms when they do blood drives, but pout because I can't donate. Of course, my own cupboards are bare for this one too, because my system has always been "previous pair goes in the glovebox, previous glovebox pair goes in the Lions box" right away. (And yes, by that time I probably would have no business trying to actually drive with the ones I'm taking out of the glovebox, but I'm too cheap to buy spares with every scrip when I mostly live in contacts.)

Although it just occurred to me I still have a bunch of the sample frames a debtor sent Office of Doom once instead of paying Safilo, which for some strange reason didn't want a box of discontinued merchandise back. I've given a bunch of them to various theatres already, but this might be a good time to get rid of the rest. And I think the packrat I married might still have his old ones somewhere?

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As spring cleaning gets under way, Blood Ties fans are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle For Sight program.

During the month of May, the Blood Ties Fans Give Back Lions Club Drive will be collecting used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

“We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses,” said Candy Burke, spokesperson for the Blood Ties Drive. “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.”

The drive is an International effort with fans participating from all over the world. The donated glasses will be shipped to Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.

To donate used glasses, including sunglasses and reading glasses, pledge online at http://www.youchoose.net/campaign/blood_ties_fans_give_back_to_save_blood_ties or email SaveBT@gmail.com. For more information you can visit www.btfgb.wordpress.com.

Blood Ties Fans Give Back is a product of the fan base dedicated to the television series Blood Ties. The lead character in the series, Vicki Nelson, suffers from retinitis pigmentosa and inspired the fans to sponsor the drive. The fans have previously held a blood drive, and made a donation in the cast's name to the Best Friends Animal Society. For more information about Blood Ties, please visit www.bloodties.tv , www.bloodties-bloodlines.com and www.savebloodties.org.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.


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Apr. 10th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
I think I have some old eyeglasses somewhere that I could contribute.
Apr. 10th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
So, um, it doesn't say. What the heck do we *do* with the glasses? Give them to our local lion's club member? Or do we have to ship them somewhere?
Apr. 10th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
Huh. They don't make it very clear, do they?

My guess is you give them to the Lions independently, and then the pledge button is just for tracking.

I know any Wal-Mart with an in-store optometrist has a box. I expect the same is true of most mall chains and independent docs.
Apr. 10th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
I work with a guy who does Lions -- I just need to leave stuff on his cube. :->
Apr. 10th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Now THAT's service. :-D
Apr. 10th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
My optical clinic collects old glasses. I'm pledging retroactively, because I donated my old glasses last January.

I had a ::smacks forehead:: moment reading your post. I did not associate "glasses" with Vicki Nelson. Yep, that's appropriate.
Apr. 10th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
January works. Somehow I don't think September 2006 will. *wry g*

I had a "d'oh" of "Why didn't I think of that?" reading andpuff's post. :-) Yay for whoever did!

Edited at 2008-04-10 07:39 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
This is a great idea -- very appropriate, useful, and possibly just a little attention-getting.
Apr. 11th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
We can always hope. (Hey, we're fans. We're REALLY good at it. *g*)
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