The Brandywine Lions Charities Foundation is administered by the Brandywine Lions Club of Brandywine, Maryland.
The Brandywine Lions Club was chartered with Lions Clubs International on February 1, 1944 and incorporated in 1973. The Brandywine Lions Charities Foundation was incorporated in 1982. The Foundation is a non-profit corporation under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and therefore is tax exempt. All contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible.
The Brandywine Lions Club has been devoted to the task of helping the needy in the Brandywine and surrounding areas. This in accordance with the motto of Lions Clubs International:
And we at Brandywine Are Proud Of It !!!
In 1925, Helen Keller attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." The Lions accepted her challenge and our work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.
Brandywine Lions Club collects used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of the Lions Club International unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month's wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people. The donated glasses will be shipped to a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.
To donate used glasses, place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes located below.
We also accept used hearing aids. Lions recycle thousands of hearing aids a year that enhance the lives of adults and children worldwide.
NOTE: Lions Clubs only accept non-broken, whole pair of glasses.
NOTE: Donated glasses have no tax deductible value because they have no fair market value.
Lions Club members are men and women who strive to make a difference in their local community as well as in communities worldwide. Their volunteer efforts go beyond the support of vision care, to addressing unmet health and education needs worldwide. As a Lions club member, you can:
There's a great way for you to volunteer, lead projects, gain valuable experience, network and have fun... join your local Lions Club!
Membership in a Lions club is by invitation from a local club. If you are interested in membership, contact the Brandywine Lions Club, or use the Club Locator to contact a local Lions Club near you. Tell the local club you are considering membership and want to attend a meeting to learn more. Then, ask a member for a membership application.
Find out more about what Lions do. Read the "Becoming a Lion" information from the Lions Clubs International
Our regular meetings are held in our Receveur Hall on the Second and Forth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Please contact us at least 48 hours before planning a visit.