The Lions of MD 36 in Oregon launched the Acts of Kindness program, encouraging Lions to say thank you for acts of kindness they see in their communities. The program involves giving out custom-designed pins attached to business cards that ask recipients to help the Lions celebrate Acts of Kindness month and to share the card with someone doing a good deed. In Michigan, the Lansing Delta Lions helped provide 2,867 local students with backpacks filled with food last year. The Salt Lake City Lions Club in Utah sponsors an annual golf tournament to raise money for eye exams and eyeglasses for low-income and homeless people. Last year, Lions helped 202 people with the proceeds from the tournament in which nearly 100 people played. Local businesses sponsor holes and prizes are donated. The Macon Lions Club in Georgia purchased a Perkins Brailler for a recent graduate of the Georgia Academy for the Blind High School. The device will help Mariya Vasileva reproduce textbook pages in Braille as she takes college courses. The Collbran Lions Club in Colorado delivered more than 50 backpacks to a local school to be given to students in need. Lions have distributed the packs, filled with an assortment of supplies for the school year, for several years. The Valsayn Lions Club in Trinidad and Tobago has been giving grants to students to attend university for the past three years. Sarasota Lions in Florida provided free diabetes and glucose screenings to members of a church during their annual health fair. Lions regularly test people at community events. Members of the Natoma Lions Club in Kansas built a wheelchair ramp for the local library. Saskatoon Centennial Lions in Canada gave CAD$800 to an English/ Cree Native American bilingual language school to buy new books for each of the 358 students to take home with them as part of a literacy project. Children range in age from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The Sherborn Lions Club in Massachusetts donated $200 to Baypath Humane Society to help the shelter’s recent work with visually impaired dogs. In addition to finding loving homes for 358 dogs and 517 cats last year, the shelter also helped several blind dogs to find new homes. The West Plains Lions Club in Missouri won a $250 first prize award two years in a row with its float entry in the community’s Christmas parade. The Spokane Central Lions in Washington sponsored 87 service and fundraising activities and volunteered more than 4,100 hours last year. The club also donated $53,199 to worthwhile community causes. Wellsville Lions in New York gave a check for $5,000 to a public library for improvements. The club has raised money by hosting a trout derby for 25 years and a variety show for the last 70 years and by selling gumballs. The Durand Lions in Michigan purchased Braille books for a local visually impaired girl after hearing of a letter she wrote to Santa asking for a book. The Morden & District Lions Club, Manitoba, Canada, collected 3,125 pairs of eyeglasses that were sent to the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre. The Green Bay West Lions Club in Wisconsin donated an iPad to improve the reading skills of a middle school student who has a form of albinism that impairs her vision. Lions in Multiple District 25 in Indiana partnered with the Haiti Environmental Support Program to provide eye exams and eyeglasses to more than 1,200 residents of Pilate, Haiti. The Cave Spring Lions Club in Virginia has adopted a small park for light maintenance involving the use of only small garden tools. The Dell Rapids Lions Club of South Dakota gave $1,000 to a graduating senior. The presentation marks the 21st year that Lions have contributed to a local student’s continuing education. The Chico Breakfast Lions Club celebrated its 60th birthday by donating proceeds from its annual northeastern California high school all-star softball and baseball games to the Challenger Little League program. The league gives youngsters with physical and mental challenges opportunities to play baseball. The Lions of Petersburg, West Virginia, have provided more than 700 free breakfasts annually for 4-H and Future Farmers of America participants in the Tri-county Fair for the past six years. Five Southwestern Kansas Lions clubs, Dighton, Ransom, Scott City, Ulysses and Utica, joined together as the Lions-West Vision Alliance to purchase a PediaVision SPOT Screener. Each club will use the device to screen young children for seven eye problems that need early correction. Members of the Arkadelphia Lions Club in Arkansas sponsored a raffle to raise funds to promote organ donation through Donate Life’s sponsorship of a float in the Rose Bowl parade. The raffled boat was donated by Alumacraft, enabling Lions to donate all funds directly to Donate Life. The Atwood Lions in Ontario, Canada, sponsor an event that brings 2,000 visitors to their small community each July. A long parade, games, a baseball tournament, Bavarian gardens, a pork barbecue and vendors’ booths are all part of the fun. The Montpelier Lions in Indiana gave four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors. The Nacogdoches Breakfast Lions in Texas sponsor an annual free event called Sports Day Out. People with disabilities and their family and friends participate in fishing, yard games, live music, a petting zoo and pony rides. In Wyoming, members of the Green River Palisades Pride Lions Club volunteered at a cancer benefit and hosted a blood drive. Lions from MD24 and MD22 participated in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., which attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators. The Indian River High School Leos in Delaware participated in a beach cleanup, helped their sponsoring Fenwick Island Lions at a Halloween parade, assisted at a party for the visually impaired and helped Lions with several fundraisers. The first MD 14 Pennsylvania State Leo Rally was held at Beacon Lodge, bringing together 111 Leos from 16 clubs in nine districts, 16 Leo advisers and 10 chaperones. They attended anti-bullying seminars and programs in Lions Quest, Leader dogs and Leo-to- Lion.
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