By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Eclipse glasses sought for a new assignment

Rockne Roll / News-Register##Terri Longwell, left, of Rocky Point, Mexico, and Dianne Zika of Palm Springs, California, look through their eclipse glasses toward the sun during the event at Evergreen Aviation Museum Aug. 21. Local businesses are collecting used eclipse glasses to send to children who ll see a solar event in 2019.
Rockne Roll / News-Register##Terri Longwell, left, of Rocky Point, Mexico, and Dianne Zika of Palm Springs, California, look through their eclipse glasses toward the sun during the event at Evergreen Aviation Museum Aug. 21. Local businesses are collecting used eclipse glasses to send to children who'll see a solar event in 2019.

Glasses dropped off at the library, Hopscotch Toys at 103 S.E. Baker St., or 3rd Street Pizza at 433 N.E. Third St., will be shipped to Astronomers Without Borders. The nonprofit organization will check the glasses to make sure they are safe, then distribute them to classrooms in Chile and Argentina.

Linda Hays, owner of Hopscotch, said she was wondering what to do with her glasses after the local eclipse of Aug. 21. It didn’t seem right to just throw them away.

When she heard about Astronomers Without Borders, she offered her toy store as a drop-off location.

She dispatched her first shipment of glasses, “easily 1,000,” Sunday. She’s now starting on a second batch.

Eclipse glasses can be delivered anytime at Hopscotch or the 3rd St. Pizza, she said. They also can be mailed to the toy shop at 103 S.E. Baker St., McMinnville, OR 97128.

Comments

McMinnvillePublicLibrary

Eclipse glasses for Astronomers Without Borders can also be dropped off at the front desk of the McMinnville Public Library.

Kat758

I knew there was a reason why I kept mine. Will drop mine off this weekend.

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