Lions in Multiple District 4 in California collected more than 50,000 eyeglasses during a one-day project that included 15 districts from the state’s border with Oregon to the Mexican border. A total of 220 clubs and 800 Lions participated in the Lions Eyes Across California project. Lion Richard Davis says the project’s purpose was twofold: “Our true goal was to promote Lions to the public and also internally because our membership is so large.” The Brooklyn Stuy Park Lions Club in New York collected and donated more than 300 pairs of shoes for Cherished Feet, which provides footwear to children and families in need in the United States and developing parts of the world. Oregon City Lions in Oregon were recognized on air by a radio announcer for donating a check for $3,000 to radio station 1190 KEX’s fund to provide eyeglasses, hearing aids and surgeries for children in need. The on-air report credited Lions in Oregon for also helping meet these needs in 16 counties in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Seal Beach Lions and Leos in California helped take more than 200 people and 14 guide dogs for an ocean outing during a day of sailing for the blind and visually handicapped sponsored by the Women’s Ocean Racing Sailing Association. Lions also donated a device to each guest that assists with signature signing. Bradford Lions in Ontario, Canada, gave $15,000 to a conservation effort to provide and plant 450 trees along a canal to prevent erosion. Dozens of community volunteers helped, and Lions served a barbecue lunch. In Illinois, the Algonquin Lions Club gave a $4,000 donation to a food pantry. The funds were raised from a bean bag tournament Lions sponsor every year. Greensboro Lions in Maryland gave $1,000 to Friends of the Library to purchase a LEGO Duplo-building table and LEGO blocks for children to use during monthly LEGO building programs the library sponsors. An insurance company denied payment for a baby’s special helmet to shape her head even though doctors deemed it a medical necessity, so Deptford and Westville Lions Clubs in New Jersey donated money. With an additional grant from the District 16C Charitable Fund, the $2,500 helmet was purchased for the child, whose father is in the military. Francis Scott Key Lions in Maryland sponsored a yard sale that raised more than $400. Items that didn’t sell were donated to organizations that help people in need. The Brewster Lions Club in Kansas collected eyeglasses, hearing aids and old cell phones at a high school basketball game.
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