The Bergenfield Lions in New Jersey took part in White Cane Day, entered a float in the community’s Memorial Day parade, sponsored the Peace Poster contest in schools and helped out at a spaghetti dinner. Ellenton-Parrish Lions in Florida donned neon vests provided by the county to clean up a roadside. The county also provides safety signs, bags and tools for the annual project. Leos at West Middle School in Nampa, Idaho, revamped and replanted decorative shrubbery in a school atrium in memory of a beloved librarian who died of cancer. The project’s total cost was approximately $1,200, which was entirely raised by Leos, who sponsored car washes and bake sales. The Plano Early Lions Club in Texas joined volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club-Keystone Club to clean, sanitize and sort by prescription more than 1,500 donated eyeglasses. The work was completed in two hours, and the glasses were sent to the Texas Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center for missions to developing areas of the world. The Hartford Saint Lucian Lions Club in Connecticut collected more than 10,000 items to be shipped to St. Lucia after a devastating storm. Included with recovery supplies were clothing, shoes, cleaning aids, medical equipment, food, water and backpacks filled with educational and recreational materials for children. Members of the Pitons Lions Club in St. Lucia then gave items to those in need. The Pierceton Lions Club in Indiana give dictionaries to third-graders who return to school in the fall. It’s an annual tradition for Lions to donate dictionaries as a literacy project. The Manila Divisoria Lions Club in the Philippines regularly feed the hungry, especially schoolchildren, in a poor area of the city. Lions in Springfield, Pennsylvania, served as ushers during a high school’s Cavalcade of Bands performance as they have done for the past several years. Irving Noon and Evening Lions in Texas joined together to conduct low vision screening for children. Lions paid for 50 pairs of prescription eyeglasses for youngsters who needed them. Fillmore Lions in California recently distributed $12,000 to 10 different community programs. The $800 raised by Morinville Lions in Alberta, Canada, who sponsored a “roast” of their community’s former fire chief, will be donated to the local volunteer fire department to purchase safety equipment. The Coaticook Lions Club in Quebec, Canada, paid for and shipped 200 pair of special sunglasses for albino children after receiving a request from a Lions club in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Martinsville-Henry County Lions Club of Virginia donated $500 to be used to purchase audible beeping eggs for an Easter egg hunt for visually handicapped children. The children then exchange the eggs for candy treats. The Dalles Lions Club in Oregon gave a donation to help obtain a diabetic- alert service dog for a 7-yearold boy. The Washington County Lady Lions Club in Texas gave $5,000 to the Washington County Healthy Living Association and another $5,000 to the Texas Lions Camp. The funds were raised by a Lions calendar sale. In Massachusetts, the Acushnet Lions Club built a handicap access ramp and planted eight new trees in a community park to someday grow tall enough to provide shade in a sunny area for park visitors. The Tunkhannock Lions and Falls Lions Clubs in New York joined together to sponsor a blood drive that collected more than 50 pints of blood and plasma. Before the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, the Tacoma Southeast Lions Club in Washington raffled a white football signed by Warren Moon and Steve Largent, both of whom are in the Seattle Seahawks Football Hall of Fame. Lions raised $2,000, donated to a food bank. The Roanoke Lions Club in Indiana gave $500 to the public library and distributed funds to other community groups. Lions raised the cash from an annual sausage sandwich sale. Members of the Brockport Lions Club in New York built a wheelchair ramp for a woman when they learned she was homebound because she was unable to access stairs. In California, Higgins Diggins Lion Donna Prince developed a reading contest to promote literacy at two schools during which 660 students read more than 2,200 books. The Woodland Host and Penn Valley Hi-Graders Lions Clubs were inspired to adopt a similar literacy project to reach hundreds more students in their own communities. Park Rapids Lions in Minnesota purchased 19 screen vision magnifiers for sight-impaired community residents. Each $350 magnifier can be attached to a computer monitor or television screen. The South Carroll Lioness-Lions Club in Massachusetts collected money and pet goods for the Humane Society of Carroll County as the club’s Make a Difference Day project last October. They held their collection drive at a veterinary hospital. The Lions Club of Bridgeport, West Virginia, donated a defibrillator to the local high school. In Wisconsin, members of the Seeley Lions Club donated more than 50 hours of labor to clean up trails used by hikers and mountain bikers after severe storms swept through their area and felled large trees and branches. Humble Noon Lions in Texas donated $1,000 each to three local community agencies that help the homeless and people in need. The Arkona Lions and Lioness Clubs in Ontario, Canada, donated $1,000 each towards the ReGreen Rock Glen Conservation Area campaign to purchase and plant native trees in a popular recreational area that lost shade trees to disease. Goshen Lions in Pennsylvania donated funds to Cradles to Crayons, which provides homeless and low-income children with essential items they need at home, school or play. More than 350 story and activity books were collected and donated to a center for deaf children by the Georgetown Perdana Lions Club in Malaysia. In Kentucky, the Washington Lions Club raised more than $20,000 from its 20th annual Antique and Craft Expo. A total of 150 vendors displayed their wares to an estimated 5,000 visitors. All money is recycled back into community service projects including scholarships, vision screening and winter clothing for families in need. The Lions Club of Leduc, Alberta, Canada, gave a CAD$300,000 donation to the city of Leduc to help pay for a dual-purpose skating rink the municipality built. The rink can be used as a basketball or lacrosse court in warm weather. Because of their generosity, the rink was named after Lions. Selma, Alabama, Lions collected between 1,000 to 1,500 pounds of canned goods by requesting that children bring an item to donate on Kids Day at the Central Alabama Fair. A trailer load of collected items was then donated to a food bank.
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