Dear Heloise: I know you have given out this information several times, but until I had eye surgery, I didn’t need the information. Now I have SEVERAL OLD EYEGLASSES and would like to donate them. Where should I send them? -- Jason C., via e-mail
Well, Jason, there are two wonderful organizations you can donate eyeglasses to. One, which I have written about through the years, is New Eyes for the Needy, founded in 1932 (www.new-eyes.org). It accepts donations of eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses, which are sent to poor countries. Monetary donations, jewelry, hearing aids, silverware and watches also are welcome. They are sold in their resale shop (Fabulous Finds), and proceeds are used for U.S. eyeglass voucher programs. If you’re in the New Jersey area, be sure to visit the boutique. You can send donations to:
New Eyes for the Needy
549 Millburn Ave.
P.O. Box 332
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Another organization I have always supported is Lions Club International (www.lionsclubs.org). There are donation centers throughout our country at schools, libraries, community centers and optometrist offices, just to name a few locations where you can drop off your old glasses. They also send all types of glasses to developing countries and distribute them to the needy. Send your donation to:
Lions Club International Headquarters
Attention: Receiving Department
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Both organizations provide the wonderful gift of improved sight to others. Consider donating all those unneeded or unwanted eyeglasses today! -- Heloise
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Dear Readers: I have a dear friend, Sabrina, who taught me a hint that I use every day. When there is no time to read an entire newspaper or magazine (especially if you get several papers and a lot of magazines, like I do), scan the headlines and tear out just the page or article you want to read.
Collect these in a folder and take with you to doctor’s appointments, or keep by the phone for when you’re on hold, and you can catch up on the articles. I put one in my carry-on to read on the airplane. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read your column in the Erie Times-News daily. Washing small braided rugs can cause the center to draw up, resulting in a “humped” center that’s uncomfortable and can cause a trip.
I stretch the wet rug, hard, sideways, and hang it from the side, using two pants hangers. This lets the rug stretch while drying and returns it to the original flat shape. -- Sarah P. in Pennsylvania
Dear Heloise: I was having trouble reaching the crown molding and high corners in my living room to dust them. My husband had a nifty idea. He used a rubber band to attach a dust cloth (Heloise here: microfiber works best) to the head of a broom. No more dusty corners or balancing on chairs! This also is helpful if you can’t bend down to dust. -- Eve K. in Mississippi