Perhaps your prescription has changed, or you've had successful LASIK surgery and no longer need those contact lenses that are sitting in your cabinet. It's possible to donate unused contact lenses to charity to help individuals less fortunate than yourself. You can do a good deed, clear cabinet space, and get a tax deduction at the same time.
Decide which charity you'd like to receive your contacts. Currently there are several charitable organizations that accept donations of unused contacts. These include (but are not limited to) New Eyes for the Needy (neweyesfortheneedy.org), MADRE (madre.org), Goodwill (goodwill.org), and the Lions Club (lionsclub.org).
Determine what is required to ship your unused contacts to your chosen charity. In most cases, you can securely package your unused contact lenses and send them to your chosen charity in the mail. Some organizations have a form they'll request you fill out, but most do not.
Donate your unopened and unused contact lenses to your chosen charity. Be sure to pack them securely so they are not damaged in shipment. If you choose to give to the Lions Club or Goodwill, both organizations have many locations and drop-off boxes across the country, so you may not have to send your contacts in the mail. Instead, use the locator tools on their websites to find the location nearest you and make your donation in person.
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