California Boy Scout Collects Eyeglasses for Eagle Service Project
To obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, a young man must complete an Eagle Scout Service Project that demonstrates leadership while benefiting the community. Curran Hendrickson did just that when he partnered with a local optometrist in California and Midwestern-based nonprofit Saving Sight to recycle eyeglasses for those in need.
“I wanted to do this project because one of my friends had done a project similar to this and I was glad to try to help others gain better sight,” said Curran.
When planning his project, Curran knew he wanted to recycle eyeglasses, read them with an optometrist and then send them to a mission-driven organization who would then distribute them to those in need.
Dr. Steve Christensen at Eye Styles for Lifestyles in Southern California attends church with the Hendrickson family and told Curran he would be happy to show him how to sort, clean and read eyeglass prescriptions for the recycled glasses he collected at his practice. Curran then went online to search for an organization to partner with that sends recycled eyeglasses to countries in need. Through his search, he discovered Saving Sight’s Eyeglass Recycling Program and reached out to Saving Sight to partner with him on the project.
“Saving Sight is a great organization that really helped out with my project and I’m glad they do what they do. It’s a great program that benefits others’ lives,” said Curran.
Through his project Curran collected and read over 215 pairs of used eyeglasses he then donated to Saving Sight. To collect the glasses, he made informational flyers and led a group of friends and fellow Scouts to distribute 500 flyers door-to-door in his community. Two days later he and his group returned to pick up donated glasses set out on porches around the community. He collected 150 pairs of glasses that day alone! Curran also put up collection boxes at his high school and sent out emails to his teachers letting them know about the project.
Once all of the glasses were collected, Curran, his little brother Luke, and his dad Jon spent over 4 hours sorting, cleaning and reading the glasses at Dr. Christensen’s office to prepare them for Saving Sight.
“I learned that through a lot of hard work and commitment you can help improve the lives of others,” said Curran. “I hope that others will benefit through the small role that I played through collecting eyeglasses and donating them to those in need.”
Because of Curran’s project and Saving Sight’s Eyeglass Recycling Program, more than 215 recycled eyeglasses will go with a mission group to help people in Zambia see. “I think it’s a good way for people to get glasses who wouldn’t be able to get glasses themselves,” said Curran. “The impact will give them the opportunity to see clearly and not only improve their physical state, but their mental and psychological states as well.”