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April 4, 2013

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Tonawanda News — "Sometimes there's an emergency ... there could be a fire and people don't have things or they're new to the area and setting up housekeeping," she said.

Electronics are accepted by the Salvation Army — along with clothing and other household goods — which has regular pickups 9 to 11 a.m. every third Saturday from May to October behind the Kenmore Municipal Building, said Melissa Foster of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society 

"As long as (the electronics are) working, they'll take it," she said. "It's a really wonderful thing because they'll put it in the hands of people who can use it."

Eyeglasses/hearing aids

While you may think your old eyeglasses and hearing aids could only be useful to you, the Kenmore Lions Club would like you to think otherwise.

Lions Clubs nationwide collect these items and send them on medical mission trips to mostly developing countries like Nicaragua.

Tom Reinagel, member of the Kenmore Lions Club for 26 years said glasses are shipped to an intake center within the United States, cleaned up, tested for prescription strength and sent out to countries all over the world.

It's gratifying "to know that you're giving the gift of sight to someone who might otherwise never be able to see the tips of their fingers clearly," he said.

"I've talked to people on these medical missions and they talk about how people break down in tears because for the first time they're able to see their grandchildren's faces," he added.

Reinagel suggested anyone interested in donating eyeglasses or hearing aids should call 845-0344 to find out the closest dropoff location.

Books

Both the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and the Nioga Library systems accept used books in fairly good condition, representatives from both organizations said.

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