Nov. 16, 2005
The Tennessee Volunteers are asking fans to support the Give the Gift of Sight program by donating used eyeglasses at the gates of Neyland Stadium on November 19. Give the Gift of Sight, a charitable foundation affiliated with Lens Crafters and Pearle Vision, has helped more than four million people since 1988 by delivering free eye care and prescription glasses to people in need around the world.
This used eyeglass collection drive is part of a nationwide community service effort called "Lift up America." Lift up America joins several corporations with professional and college sports teams to encourage people to lend a helping hand to others in need. The Tennessee Volunteers are proud to be a part of this national effort to celebrate the giving season.
Fans who wish to donate used prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses and reading glasses can simply bring them to a fan information booth around Neyland Stadium on November 19 and deposit them in specially marked Give the Gift of Sight eyeglass collection bins. Fans can also give cash donations to stadium volunteers wearing special Gift of Sight ID badges and carrying official Gift of Sight donation boxes.
Those fans not attending the November 19th Vanderbilt game can still support Gift of Sight by donating used eyeglasses throughout the year at any Luxottica Retail store, including all locations of Lens Crafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, BJ's Optical or Sunglass Hut.
All eyeglasses will be cleaned and recycled by Give the Gift of Sight and hand delivered to developing countries on Gift of Sight international optical missions. Each year, Gift of Sight conducts more than 12 optical missions in countries such as Mexico, Chile, Thailand, Bolivia, Peru, Romania, China and more.
Tennessee Volunteers: Tiffany Carpenter, (865) 974-1361
Gift of Sight: Holly Ingram, APR, firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-765-4013
Lift Up America: Wendy B. Kula, APR - The Kula Group, email@example.com or 972-770-5086