Don’t throw away those eclipse glasses — the show here is over but you can put them to good use by helping others.
The Shawnee OakWind Girl Scout Service Unit, which represents Springfield and Clark County, will collect and recycle the solar eclipse glasses and wants to put them to good use.
“We have registered with Astronomers Without Borders,” Girl Scout adviser Shannon Meadows said. “They will sort and go through them and make sure that the glasses that they use are the safe glasses. And then those glasses will be distributed to children in underdeveloped countries that will be experiencing the next solar eclipse in 2019.”
The next solar eclipse will make its way over South America and a total eclipse will be seen in the southern portion of the continent then.
Collecting the glasses is a good way for the girls to serve, Meadows said.
“We pride ourselves in helping others who never really know who we are and what better way to roll up our sleeves and for a few weeks collect glasses that would otherwise be thrown in the trash and send them off to another country, another continent,” Meadows said.
Girl Scout Molly Hensel said she’s excited to collect the glasses.
“It makes me feel happy and makes me feel great that I’m helping everyone else,” Hensel said.