What Type of Eyeglasses Does MOST Ministries Accept?
Please sort the eyeglasses before mailing as broken glasses cannot be used.
Where Do I Send the Collected Eyeglasses?
655 Phoenix Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
See Shipping Instructions to learn how to ship or deliver your donations to MOST Ministries. Be sure to include your name and address so we can acknowledge your donation.
Why Are Donated Glasses Needed?
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that of the 153 million people worldwide who have poor vision, 138 million or 90% live in African, Asian or Latin American countries. This is because in many of these countries people cannot afford the cost of a simple pair of eyeglasses. Sadly, more than 4 million pairs of eyeglasses are discarded every year in the U.S.
What Would a Pair of Eyeglasses Cost in a Developing Country?
In developing countries, for a family of four who make $4.00 a day, a pair of eyeglasses can be the equivalent of a year's salary. As a result, large segments of this population live with vision problems which adversely impact their productivity, employability and quality of life.
How Do Donated Glasses Help Others?
Donated eyeglasses can enable an adult to secure a job and support his or her family; a child to succeed in school; a senior to continue to live an independent lifestyle; a mother or father to see their child's face clearly for the first time, and people to hear the Gospel message while they are being fitted for their glasses.
Where Are The Donated Glasses Sent and How Do They Get There?
After MOST Ministries cleans and recycles the donated eyeglasses, they are sent to some of the poorest countries in the world. Last year, MOST Ministries dispensed more than 10,000 pairs of eyeglasses through its short-term mission teams. In addition, and most importantly, MOST Ministries provides all eyeglass recipients the opportunity to hear the Gospel message while they are being fitted for their glasses.
How Does Recycling Eyeglasses Help the Environment?
U.S. laws are very strict about re-dispensing prescription products so recycling prevents plastics, metals, and cut lenses from ending up in landfills and taking up valuable landfill space. Donated eyeglasses can be recycled and help thousands of individuals around the world to see clearly.