The historic eclipse has come and gone in Michigan, and the prep leading up for some resembled a small wedding it seems with travel and fanfare. For most, getting ready for the "big event" was as simple as scoring a pair of specialty eclipse glasses for safe viewing, but what the heck do you do with them now?

Just moments after the sky went back to normal, social media was flooded with comical comments and memes about "for sale, gently used glasses", or "how do a make an Amazon return", but truth be told...there is something you can do with those unique peeper and make a difference at the same time.

You May Also Like: Picturesque Michigan Campground Chosen Best in State

Michigan's Dow Gardens posted to social media that they are collecting those "used" eclipse glasses for a special program benefiting children on the other side of the world. In a post, the Midland botanical garden announced they would be collecting glasses to be sent to school children in South America who will be experiencing their eclipse on October 2, 2024.

US 103.1 FM logo
Get our free mobile app

Dow Gardens will be accepting glasses through April 19th at the front desk of their location a1809 Eastman Avenue during normal business hours. Once collected, the glasses will be shipped to a whole new group of children ready to experience the wonder of astronomy. The special program is part of a larger one established by Eclipse Glasses USA.

If you can't make it to Dow Gardens to donate your glasses, you can pop them in the mail to: Eclipse Glasses USA at PO Box 50571 Provo, UT 84605. Make sure the glasses are packed properly and in good condition without damage. Get all the information here.

Donating your eclipse glasses isn't just an act of generosity; it's a gift to the future of science education and exploration. So, dust off those glasses, give them a second chance to inspire and let's spread the wonder of the cosmos across the globe.

LOOK: Things from the year you were born that don't exist anymore

The iconic (and at times silly) toys, technologies, and electronics have been usurped since their grand entrance, either by advances in technology or breakthroughs in common sense. See how many things on this list trigger childhood memories—and which ones were here and gone so fast you missed them entirely.

Gallery Credit: Stacey Marcus

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

Gallery Credit: KATELYN LEBOFF

More From US 103.1 FM