Often called one of the best small towns in America, McPherson, Kansas, population around 13,000, is located in an agricultural area, but is also the location of two colleges and several manufacturers. And, points out Ward Ferguson, for the last 83 years the town also has been home to the 31-member McPherson Lions Club. One of the club’s most popular projects is a used book sale that attracts hundreds of browsers and buyers. The only fundraiser that McPherson Lions sponsor, the sale is a threeday event featuring hardback or paperback books–anything from kid’s books to collector’s items–with most selling for between 10 cents to $1. This year, says Ferguson, the club raised more than $2,100. Lions have a depository building where the books are kept, and those that aren’t sold are sent back. Some deemed in too poor condition to sell are destroyed. The books are donated by individuals and libraries. Arranging, displaying and selling thousands of books is a lot of work, admits Ferguson, but is just one of the activities Lions regularly do in the community. They’ve adopted a three-mile stretch of highway to clean twice a year, help the Red Cross with its bloodmobile duties and sort thousands of eyeglasses. “We do look for volunteers to help with moving the books back and forth but have not had much luck,” he says. They manage anyway. If it helps McPherson, Lions are behind it.
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