Gettysburg Lions in Pennsylvania gave $1,000 to the Adams County Historical Society. Carmel Lions in Indiana regularly distribute dictionaries to thirdgraders. The project grew from a donation of a few hundred dictionaries to third-grade students in two schools to 1,104 books given to those in 11 schools. More than 100 Lions from Multiple District 35 O were hosted by Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Florida. Lions, who support the facility with donations and as volunteers, learned more about how the dogs are trained and socialized with dog guides and their owners. The Lions clubs of Huntington Downtown, Southeast Huntington, Barboursville, Milton and Lesage in West Virginia gave more than 1,000 pounds of food to the Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter. The shelter uses approximately 2,600 pounds of pet food each month for the nearly 200 animals housed there until they can find permanent homes. The Henryetta Lions Club in Oklahoma sponsors an annual program that provides baskets filled with food to feed as many as 300 families during the holiday season. Maricopa Lions in Arizona packaged 38 boxes (1,824 packages) in less than two hours for the Feed My Starving Children organization. The prepared food containers provide 8,208 meals for children in North Korea. Stratford and Area Lions on Prince Edward Island, Canada, sponsored a pancake breakfast to help fund the breakfast programs at two schools. All 20 Lions participated and served 875 diners in three hours. The Lions Club of Katarungan Central in Quezon City in the Philippines fed hundreds of street children and gave each one a small gift. The Brooklyn Kings County Lions and Leos in New York prepared and served more than 100 hot lunches to the homeless and less fortunate during one of the winter’s coldest months. Lions used a community room in a church to provide hearty meals that included fresh vegetables, macaroni and cheese, soda and dessert. Olivet Lions in Michigan received a donation of $700 from a business that sponsored a squirrel hunt during which 134 hunters participated. The Calgary Woodcreek Lions in Alberta, Canada, sponsor an annual car rally and barbecue as a fundraiser. Participants navigate a course for approximately 90 minutes into the foothills of Alberta. The event raises about $4,000 each year. The funds are donated to an organization that helps children with behavioral and mental disabilities. Chester Lions in New Jersey collect approximately 5,000 eyeglasses every year by providing 20 donation dropoff boxes at businesses, optical shops and public institutions. The Porbandar Lions Club in India sponsored a “mega” eye camp which drew nearly 1,200 men, women and children. A total of 153 people received free eye surgery, and medicine was distributed to all participants who were found to be in need at no cost. Ridgely Lions in Maryland gave several large boxes of fruit to an elementary school to support its campaign to spur students to eat healthier meals. Auburn Classic Noon Lions in Indiana gave $800 to Honor Flight, which transports veterans to Washington D.C. to visit memorials built to honor their service during World War II. Lions in Sacramento, Kentucky, gave more than $500 in cash and $100 in nonperishable food items to a county agency that helps feed people in need. Twins Trapper and Sawyer Wawiernia say goodbye to the giant pumpkins grown by their neighbor, Vermontville Lion Mark Lawless, on his Michigan farm. The center pumpkin weighed in at 460 pounds, and Lawless donated it to his Lions club to raffle off to raise funds for a firefighter who was killed by a truck while collecting money from passing vehicles for charity. “I grow pumpkins for my granddaughters and the neighborhood kids, but this was my first attempt at growing giant pumpkins,” says Lawless. The two other pumpkins on the truck weighed 390 and 300 pounds. The Chesapeake Southside Lions in Virginia screened the vision of more than 4,000 children in one year. They also collect and recycle eyeglasses and help a league for blind bowlers. Norfolk Lions in Nebraska raised $25,000 from their annual pancake breakfast. They annually use 85 gallons of syrup, 700 pounds of sausage and a pallet and a half of pancake batter to feed breakfast to hundreds of patrons. Sutter Lions in California sorted eyeglasses at the Lions in Sight Recycling Center in Vallejo. Dallas Oak Cliff Lions in Texas honored former U. S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison with the club’s Bill Melton Humanitarian Award. She was the 37th recipient of the award; the first was given in 1978 to famed Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry. Mourched Hajj Chahine (center), governor of District 351, which includes Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, visits with children in a refugee camp in Jordan after distributing food and clothing to them. With him are Fuhais Lions Rawda Sweiss and Haya Neiymat, both of Jordan, who also assisted on the aid mission. The Fort Walton Beach Lions Club in Florida supplied 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses for a mission to Guatemala. Past District Governor Pat Hall brought the cleaned, graded and sterilized glasses to club president Shareen Ketchem, who then personally delivered the collection to the mission team before they departed for Guatemala. The Edmonds Lions Club in Washington donated $5,000 to a food pantry. The funds were raised by selling raffles to goods and services donated by community merchants. Members of the Hartland Lions Club and the Michigan Lions Eye Bank participated in an indoor Walk for Warmth to raise money for people in need to pay heating bills during frigid winter months. In addition to promoting Lions clubs and the eye bank at an informational booth, Lions also walked as a team to help organizers raise $80,000 in pledges to keep the heat on for 1,500 families. Hollywood Lions in Oregon sponsored a food drive that netted 750 pounds of nonperishable food. The donated items will make more than 500 meals for neighbors in need. The Langhorne Lions Club in Pennsylvania gave a blind resident a talking bar code scanner that will help with the identification of products including currency. Additionally, Lions donated 500 pairs of collected eyeglasses to Bucks County Associated Services for the Blind. The 70-year-old Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club in Maryland was honored with the Hampstead Rotary Club Legacy Award for its many service activities in the community. Given by Rotarians until the club disbanded several years ago, the award is now sponsored by The Northern News. Lions were also given $100 for their service activities. Sebastian Lions in Florida collected nearly 200,000 pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, which recycles them to raise funds. Donations came from friends and family of Lions in four different states and weighed 115 pounds In Pennsylvania, members of the Muhlenberg Lions and Rotary clubs united to donate $4,000 to fund anti-drug and alcohol education programs for fifth-graders. The Alexandria Lions Club in Louisiana sponsored its third annual garage sale to raise more than $3,400. Last year, the club donated $36,165 to support the Louisiana Lions Camp and Eye Foundation in addition to other service activities. The Aurora Noon Lions Club in Illinois gave $500 to a food pantry. In Virginia, visitors and residents of a nursing home and care complex have eight new benches along a walkway that were constructed and donated by Manassas Host, Mason Neck and Lake Jackson/Mid- County Lions clubs and the Linton Hall Leo Club. The pathway is now identified with a prominent sign as “Lions Walk.” Lisbon Lions in New York sponsor an annual decorated truck in the “Light up the Night” parade that promotes eyeglass recycling and their club. After the parade, kids visit with Santa. The Marystown Lions Club in British Columbia, Canada, sponsored a telethon to help raise money for a new $125,000 Zamboni to keep the ice maintained at a local arena. Lions raised more than $85,000. Massey Hill Lions in North Carolina steamed and served oysters to 750 people during their annual oyster roast. The club purchased 300 bushels of oysters for the fundraiser. Tacoma Downtown Lions in Washington helped serve more than 200 meals during a community food program for the poor and homeless. The Lions Club of Scotts Hill in Tennessee donated gifts to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which represents children who have been removed from their homes by child welfare. Lions donated presents for more than 50 children and included colorful handmade bags for children to carry their belongings as they move throughout the foster care system.
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