What Works, What Won’t

Simple guidelines for selecting eyeglasses to donate.

Presorting Guidelines

  1. Please pre-sort the glasses according to the Presort instructions below.
  2. Please count the number of glasses you are delivering. If you have a large number of glasses, simply weight the glasses. There are approximately 14 pairs per pound.
  3. Print and fill out the Eyeglass Donation/Delivery Form (click here for either the .pdf or .doc formats) and include a copy with each delivery. Or fill out the Online Eyeglass Donation/Delivery Form before making your donation.
  4. If you plan to deliver glasses during a time the center is closed, you can call NWLERC at (360) 923-2075 to set up a special delivery time.
  5. If you choose to mail or ship your glasses, please read our special Shipping Instructions. Please note if you’re shipping a small quantity of glasses, you do not have to notify NWLERC in advance or fill out the donation form.

These Work

We can use three categories of glasses:

  • Single vision (like reading glasses)
  • Multi-vision (bifocals and trifocals.)
  • Plain sunglasses (not prescription*)

*Prescription sunglasses will be recycled by us. Please send them, along with all other frames, damaged glasses etc, to us for environmentally friendly recycling rather than throw them in landfills.

These Won’t

  • Contact lenses
  • Loose lenses
  • Hard cases (shipping problems)

Shipping Proceedures

Pack eyeglasses in a sturdy corrugated cardboard box.
Seal box with strapping tape.
Be sure label is legible and include your Eyeglass Delivery/Donation Form inside each box if you did not submit on-line.

Used eyeglasses are of no commercial value so choose the least expensive means of shipping to NWLERC (usually 3rd or 4th Class Mail). Label the box, “No Commercial Value”.

Please notify NWLERC at (360) 923-2075 before shipping more than 1,000 glasses.