ILHS PTO teams with Waxhaw Lions to change lives, one pair at a time

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From release
Two local women never expected the overwhelming donation of used eyeglasses, hearing aids and ink cartridges when they initially exchanged an email in August.
Pam Houge, president of the Indian Land High School Parent Teacher Student Organization (ILHS PTSO), was looking for a service project that would encourage volunteerism among the students of the ILHS Yearbook Club when she noticed that the Waxhaw Lions were soliciting used eyeglass donations on social media. She contacted Lions’ publicity chair Susan O’Brien and the wheels were set in motion.
O’Brien designed a promotional flier with Houge’s help and provided donation boxes printed with the Lions Club International logo and contact information. The ILHS PTSO printed fliers for the students to distribute around the community, and four boxes were strategically placed at the school and local businesses, including Popcorn Heaven and Murdock Orthodontics.  
The project ran from September through October, and by the time it was over, more than 125 pairs of glasses were collected, along with four high-quality hearing aids.
The items were to be sorted by Lions volunteers in Sherrills Ford, N.C., then shipped to an approved recycling facility where they will be categorized, inventoried and shipped at no cost to individuals in the United States and throughout the world who could not afford glasses or hearing aids.
Inkjet cartridges that were also collected as part of the project will provide funds that support Camp Dogwood, a rustic vacation spot near Lake Norman for vision-impaired people.  
ILHS PTSO is dedicated to the development and success of the students and the support of teachers and staff at Indian Land High School. The goals of the organization are to foster a sense of community, facilitate communication, encourage volunteerism, provide resources and advocate for the needs of the ILHS community.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with more than 1.4 million members in 200 countries across the globe. All funds raised by Lions Clubs are used to benefit charities and local community programs, including KidSight screening. If you are looking for a way to help the community while enjoying great camaraderie with like-minded individuals, email waxhaw.lion@gmail.com to learn more.