Tamaqua sight drive for the needy a success
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Brian Keich, Tamaqua Lions Club President; Sue Dolan, Tamaqua Lion; Girl Scouts Victoria Carrell, 13; Rachael Paisley, 15; Nancy Paisley, SU 310 manager; and Lauren Wall, troop leader.
Girl Scouts from Tamaqua service unit 310 collected 271 sunglasses for the Tamaqua Lions Club "Sight Night" and "OneSight" program.
This was the fourth year the scouts participated in the drive. All 20 scouts who participated in the drive earned both a certificate and a badge for collecting 10 or more glasses each. First-time collectors also received a special patch from the Tamaqua Lions Club.
Nancy Paisley, service unit manager, praised all the scouts and families who worked hard to make the drive so successful.
Lions Clubs International and OneSight have partnered to deliver sight to the needy since 1988. A Luxottica Group Foundation, OneSight is a family of charitable vision care programs created to improving vision through outreach, research and education. The program comes together via the work of local Lions Clubs and supporting organizations.
In addition to collecting free prescription glasses to those who need it, the program offers on-site vouchers to Lions clubs and other groups to obtain a limited number free eyeglasses for people in need. Lions clubs are also able to purchase an unlimited number of glasses for needy individuals at a discounted price. Prepaid Lions Special Price vouchers are available in a book of 10.
The program also utilizes two 40-foot Vision Vans, called "Seemore" and "Iris," that travel North America delivering free eye care and new glasses to disadvantaged children who are pre-selected by Lions clubs and other local agencies.
Tamaqua Girls Scouts taking part in the collection were Emma Osenbach, McKayla Wall, Rachael Paisley and Victoria Carrell from Troop 31211; Kallia Wall from Troop 30143; Kaile Woodring from Troop 31210; Kaya Lutz and Courtney Miller from Troop 30142; Madison Kohlmeir, Britney Miller, Ashley DeAngelo, Kaitlin Bender and Emily Fremberg from 31106; Courtney Watson, Isabella Napolitano, Angelina Casella and Brianna Duffy from Troop 31210; and Allie Miller from Troop 31229.