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Donating After a Death
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We all want to live a long and happy life. Often, as we age, that means acquiring eyeglasses, a hearing aid, and maybe other health and mobility aids. Even after death, such devices can be donated and continue to help others.
“About 80 to 90 percent of our families choose to donate glasses and other items, rather than interring them with their loved one ,” says Shannon Burberry, funeral home manager at Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery in London, Ontario.
Eyeglasses collected at Arbor Memorial locations are often given to CLERC, which stands for Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre. The Lions Club service organization collects millions of pairs each year. Volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact.
Pictured above are some of the 80 pairs of eyeglasses, recently collected at Atlantic Funeral Home in Sackville, Nova Scotia. Elizabeth Alguire, assistant funeral home manager and a Lions Club member, made a glasses donation basket available to visitors – with enthusiastic results. She is now collecting more pairs to donate.
The Lions’ CLERC program also accepts soft eyeglass cases, safety glasses, sunglasses and hearing aids .
Hearing aids can be donated at some retailers too. For example, ListenUp! Canada, with locations across Ontario, sends used hearing aids to charitable organizations, which rebuild them for children in developing countries living with hearing loss.
Mobility devices, such as walkers and canes, can be donated as well. The Canadian Red Cross accepts a wide range of health equipment donations. The items are loaned to people in the community with mobility issues and those dealing with illness or injury.
While deciding what to do with a loved one’s personal items is never easy, your donation will make a great difference in someone’s life. And that’s a comforting thought.