News Release

471 Pairs of Spectacles Collected in Buchan for Charity

An amazing 471 pairs of used spectacles were collected in just a few hours as 32 members of the Buchan congregation gave service together over two weeks. Leaflets were delivered to over 800 homes and on the next Saturday members gathered to re-visit those homes to collect the glasses on behalf of Lions Club International. By the lunchtime break, 315 pairs had been collected. The rain stayed away until 2pm but it didn't deter members who kept going until the last home was visited! 


It was particularly exciting to see the bags of spectacles being emptied on the table ready for counting and everyone was moved by the generosity of the people in Mintlaw. There were touching stories of spouses donating their deceased husband's glasses to benefit others and stories of just how nice residents were, driving to find someone wearing a tabard because they had missed the knock at the door, even getting out of the shower to get the glasses.  In many instances spectacles had been left in a bag at the door because the owners wouldn't be at home and members remarked on the general friendliness of all encountered.

A very worthwhile outcome for a worthwhile cause.

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