By Good News Network
Tuesday, December 09, 1997
Rewritten in part with information from the Better Homes and Gardens December, 1997 issue
* Participate in the Give the Gift of Sight Program
. Cosponsered by LensCrafters and Lions Club International, the program makes it easy for you to donate your old eyeglasses and sunglasses to needy people in developing countries. After you drop glasses off, they are cleaned, repaired, and classified by prescription, then distributed. Call 800-541-5367
* Donate Your Used Working Computer Equipment
to Kidsurf Project. Sponsored by the Nat'l Children's Coalition and Streetcats, the project uses your old computers to tutor kids in the inner cities. Call: 510-444-6074
* Recycle Holiday Greeting Cards
. Contribute to the counseling of troubled kids by sending either entire greeting cards or just the fronts of cards, to St. Jude's Card Recycling, 100 St. Jude Street, P.O. Box 60100, Boulder City, NV 89006. The youth refurbish the cards by adding new backs, and sell them to help support the program.
* Recycle Sneakers and Athletic Shoes
NIKE,Inc., sponsers the Reuse-A-Shoe program which takes in used sneakers (all brands), grinds up selected parts, then remanufactures them into athletic equipment, such as playground padding gymnastic mats, and running tracks. The equipment is donated to worthy causes. Call 1-800-344-6453 for drop-off locations and a Reuse-A-Shoe Program description.
* Never Throw Away Books or Magazines
Books and magazines and inspirational pamphlets are a great aid to rehabilitation for those who've been sent to prison or juvenile detention centers. Please search out a correctional facility in your area to donate published materials of any kind- don't forget the early reader books. Consider donating a subscription to the Good Newsletter or any other inspirational publication.