Eyes & Ears

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” The Charles City Lions Club accepted that challenge. Today, sight programs remain one of our defining causes both locally and word-wide.

  • We accept used eyeglasses and recycling them locally and through Lions national eyeglass recycling centers.
  • We support Lions Eye Banks that provide eye tissue for sight-saving surgeries.
  • We screen the vision of hundreds of thousands of people every year. Charles City Lions specifically focuses on area youth and we have a team that helps screen our area preschool students annually.
  • Providing treatment to those at risk of losing their vision.


The recycling of eyeglasses are an important part of the Charles City Lions Club service. Eyeglasses are collected, taken to the Charles City Optometric Center, cleaned, sorted by prescription, and then they are redistributed, free of charge, to people in need in third world countries. All types of eyeglasses and sunglasses, prescription and non-prescription, are acceptable.


Grandpa just died? Got a new cochlear implant? Just upgraded to digital from analog? Bought a hearing aid awhile ago but it did not work as well as you wanted and you’re stuck with it? Don’t throw out that old or unwanted hearing aid – it may still have some life in it yet, and be of use to someone who can’t afford a hearing aid! Your old hearing aid could make the difference in someone’s life. For an adult in need, a used hearing aid can mean the ability to get or hold a job; for a child, it can mean being able to learn better due to having access to sound at last. Hearing aides are collected and sent to the Iowa Lions Hearing Aid Bank in Jesup, Iowa to be redistributed to adults and children in Iowa and worldwide free of charge.


Individuals may donate used eyeglasses or hearing aides year-round to the Charles City Lions Club at our new collection box located on Main Street, across from the Charles Theatre, in front of the First Security Bank & Trust corporate offices, or by dropping eyeglasses off at a local funeral homes, or by contacting the Lions Club for additional business locations.


The Charles City Lions Club Eye assistance program will serve students in the Charles City School district referred to us by the school nurse. The Charles City Lions Club will pay for a budget pair of frames and glasses from the Optometric Center in Charles City. Families should demonstrate financial need to the nurse to be involved in the program.

The procedure for obtaining assistance with hearing aids from the Charles City Lions and the Iowa Lions Hearing Aid Bank is – go to your choice of hearing clinic and get (and pay) an exam. The Charles City Lions will work through area audiologists by accepting referrals from them for customers in need. Audiologists seeing a customer in need will have the patient complete the Iowa Lions Hearing Aid Bank Home Visit Form and return to the Lions Club board. Qualified candidates will be reviewed by the board and the Charles City Lions will pay half the fitting costs for adults and full fitting costs for children.