Donate Your Solar Eclipse Glasses To Charity Instead Of Tossing Them

If you were lucky enough (or brave enough) to check out the total solar eclipse that occurred on Monday, you now have a memento of this incredible event; the eclipse glasses! If you are the type of person who gets attached to holding on to your stuff, you may want to rethink that because Gizmodo reported there's a way to donate your solar eclipse glasses to charity.

The charity is called Astronomers Without Borders and they are collecting used solar eclipse glasses to give to kids who can use them for eclipses that are coming up around the world! For example, there will be eclipses visible in Asia and South America in 2019. 

 "This is an opportunity for schools to have a first-hand science experience that they might not otherwise have" Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons told the site. "Many schools in developing countries don't have resources for science education and this is a rare opportunity that inspires students and teachers and shows them that science is something they can do."

Astronomers Without Borders is working hard to collect the glasses, and will be announcing the program shortly. So hold on to your super cool eclipse glasses, and ask the company or organization where you got them if they'll be taking part in the donation program. If you can't wait and want to help out right away, you can send your pair to Explore Scientific, 1010 S. 48th Street, Springdale, Arkansas, 72762.

If you're feeling lazy and just want to toss the glasses, be sure to recycle them instead of putting them in the trash. You are able to easily pop the lenses out and just recycle the cardboard. But if you can spare the postage, consider donating to help kids around the world have the same awesome solar eclipse experience as you did!

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