Student collects more than 240 eyeglasses for Toronto Lions

DONATION MADE — Toronto Lions Club President Art Myers, left, Evan Wolters and Bob Owen, right, Sight-Saving Committee chairman, accepted a donation of more than 240 pairs of eyeglasses collected by Toronto student Evan Wolters as a service project. -- Contributed

TORONTO — At their monthly dinner meeting, Toronto Lions Club members welcomed Toronto Jr./Sr. High eighth-grader Evan Wolters who presented more than 240 pairs of eyeglasses that he collected from various collection sites in Toronto over the summer.

Wolters explained that he collected the glasses as a service project for the National Junior Honor Society at school.

Since Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917, Lions have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide, it was noted. Many local Lions Clubs collect eyeglasses year round as part of the broader initiative of Lions International.

Bob Woodside, past district governor and Toronto Lion, explained the path that one pair of eyeglasses takes from a collection site to someone in need possibly half way around the world. Wolters established collection sites at his church, First Presbyterian Church in Toronto, and at his mother’s barber shop, Penny’s Place, also in Toronto. He was accompanied at the meeting by his parents, Terry and Penny Wolters.

The Toronto Lions Club encourages residents to continue to donate their gently used eyeglasses. There are various donation sites around Toronto.

The club’s next function will be its annual Thanksgiving turkey dinner, which will be held Nov. 16 in the basement of the North River Avenue Christian Church in Toronto, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event recognizes the teachers and staff of Toronto City Schools, the homecoming court, the Little Miss Lions court and various citizens and business owners who have donated their time and efforts to the club throughout the year.

Anyone interested in joining the Toronto Lions Club is welcome to attend a dinner meeting. They are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, excluding November and December because of the holidays. The meetings are held in the basement of the North River Avenue Christian Church on River Avenue in Toronto.