A Leveled Playing Field Mr. Rogers said it best about the value of play: “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” Underprivileged children often miss out on play and miss the chance to develop their minds. In Bangladesh, mindful of the importance of feeding the soul as well as the body, Dhaka Central Lions distributed food to children in need and then treated them to a day of spontaneous, semi-supervised fun at Shisumela Park, a sprawling theme park with rides and attractions. Holiday Spirit With spending money provided by Lions and shopping assistance and advice rendered by Leos, 21 visually impaired students had a blast filling their red carts with gifts at a Target in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Haddonfield and Pennsauken Lions and Leos took part. The students were from the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. (Clockwise from above) Danny Nguyen, 17, celebrates a purchase with James Mayor, 12. Brian Howard confides in Santa. Abrian Tigeleiro, 9, marvels at a Christmas toy. Sam Goetz, 17, helps 10-year-old Thomas Burns. “Lots of smiles—it was a terrific event,” says Tom Baird, president of the Haddonfield Lions Club. Reilley Connelly, president of the Leo club at Haddonfield Memorial High School, told the Courier-Post, “It touches hearts every year to help the students get what they can for their families. We don’t really have any blind or visually impaired students at our school, so we really don’t get to interact. They care so much about you, so it’s great to give back and help when we can.”
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