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Don’t trash them, don’t hoard them, says Anne Jilek, because your unneeded eyeglasses are needed by others far away. Collection buckets for glasses are found at numerous places throughout River Falls. (River Falls Journal photo by Phil Pfuehler)

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Anne Jilek said says the answer is an emphatic yes to those asking if there’s still a local collection of eyeglasses that gets distributed abroad.


Jilek should know. She returned a month ago from rural central Nicaragua where some 4,200 natives got basic eye exams and then, if needed, were fitted with prescription eyeglasses donated from people in River Falls and across Wisconsin.

The River Falls Lions Club has been collecting discarded eyeglasses for more than 15 years.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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