Members of Evanston’s Sunrise Lions Club are continuing in their more-than-yearlong effort to collect used pill bottles from Evanston residents, scrub them and send them out for re-use. With the May 5 send-off of 10,000 pill bottles, the total collected since the effort began in January 2018 tops 55,000, said Lions Club member John Kessler, who leads the effort.

The pill bottles travel via UPS to
Matthew 25 ministries in Ohio, which ships them to various clinics in other
countries where medicine may be available but the means of getting it to people’s homes is not.

“Many people around the world can receive medicines but have nothing secure to take them home,” Mr. Kessler says. “Our colllection of pill bottles is sent so others can transport their medicine in clean, secure bottles.

“Our thanks and appreciation go to every individual who donates even one bottle, and we offer a special thank-you to Byline Bank, Harold’s Hardware, Presbyterian Homes, which serve as collection centers. Clare Getzoff and other students at Evanston Township High School peeled the labels off thousadns of pill bottles, as have other volunteer groups.”

Mr. Kessler acknowledged that collecting and scrubbing the pill bottles takes effort, sending them off to Ohio takes money. “The UPS on Central Street gives us a break – a 20% discount. Still we have spent close to $3,000 in shipping costs.”

The Lions Club, he said, appreciates donations of the pill bottles as well as money to help offset those costs.