Greenwich Lions recognize teen volunteers for ‘Recycle for Sight’

At top, from left, Annie Wechsler Paul Peruzzi and Charlotte Wechsler. From left, Greenwich Lions Director Paul Settlemeyer, Harry Wechsler, JC Peruzzi, Luka Yancopoulos and Dave Noble, Greenwich Lions Foundation president.

At top, from left, Annie Wechsler Paul Peruzzi and Charlotte Wechsler. From left, Greenwich Lions Director Paul Settlemeyer, Harry Wechsler, JC Peruzzi, Luka Yancopoulos and Dave Noble, Greenwich Lions Foundation president.

Six Greenwich teens have been recognized by the Greenwich Lions Club for working to gather and recycle more than 1,200 pairs of prescription glasses during 2014.

Their efforts were a part of a Teen-Works projects called “Recycle for Sight.” In the four years since its inception, members of Teen-Works have donated more than 4,000 pairs of prescription glasses. Collected glasses are cleaned, sorted and delivered to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers in New Jersey for distribution to people in need in foreign countries.

The Greenwich Lions work to improve life in the local community, with a focus on youth, seniors and the visually and hearing impaired. The Lions Foundation founded and continues to support the Greenwich Lions Large Print Collection at Greenwich Library, and contributes to research work in on juvenile diabetes and macular degeneration through the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Additionally, the club partnered with other area Lions clubs to establish the Low Vision Centers of Fairfield and New Haven Counties. The Lions club works to raise funds through activities such as the annual egg hunt, the fall grapefruit sale and an annual appeal.

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