A Gift for Someone Who Always Gives On his daily walks through his hometown of Jamestown, Pennsylvania, Ray Roy is a friendly face known by many. He owns a lawn service, but he’s also known for all of the ways he quietly helps people. He sings hymns at a nursing home twice a month and brightens people’s days with home-baked pizzelle cookies. Thanks to his friend, Cynthia Jones, the Jamestown Lions returned Roy’s many selfless acts with a gift to brighten his days. “I first heard of Ray when my mother told me he and his brother showed up to plow a garden for her after my father died in 1987,” says Jones. “Now he and his group sing to her at the nursing home. I thought, ‘Wish I could do something for Ray.”’ The Lions responded to her request with a 27-inch touch screen computer for Roy, who is visually impaired. Enamored with the computer, Roy is learning how to use it with lessons from Jones. “We enlarged the print and set it up so there’s a black background with white text so I can read what’s on the screen. I love reading the news,” says Roy. “I’ll be learning to email and use Skype. The more I can learn, the more I’ll be able to use it,” says Roy. Meanwhile, Roy continues paying it forward. “I try to help people whenever I can. People think I can’t do much because my eyesight isn’t good, but they have another thing coming!” –Jennifer Gilbert Gebhardt Lions, has your club heard from a recipient of your service or charity? Tell us about the feedback you’ve received from those whose lives you’ve changed for the better. Email a brief description to email@example.com. Please include “Thank You” in the subject line.
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