The Penticton Lions Club in British Columbia, Canada, has been filling backpacks with provisions to help the homeless for the past seven years. They’re filled with essentials such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, facecloths and, depending on the season, wool caps, mittens and scarves knit by two Lions. The Rockaway Township Lions in New Jersey held their white cane appeal in front of two supermarkets and raised $1,700 in a single day. Funds will sponsor one or two campers this summer at Camp Marcella, a camp for visually or physically impaired children. The Hagerstown Lions Club in Maryland gave $1,000 scholarships each to seven graduating seniors. The Penn-Yan Lions Club in New York sponsored a golf tournament and donated nearly $15,000 to a cardiac rehabilitation program to help low-income patients pay for services. In Pennsylvania, 18 of the 80 members of the Pottsville Lions Club are veterans, many of whom have served in combat from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan. Numerous projects help veterans including the Hometown Heroes program. Photos and/or names of veterans are displayed on banners placed throughout Pottsville from Memorial Day until Veterans Day. The club also sponsors a free Thanksgiving meal for veterans at a restaurant, supports a program to help homeless vets and last year gave a vehicle to a veteran who needed transportation. Other veterans received gift cards donated by local businesses. The Utica Lions Club in Michigan gave scholarships to four graduating seniors. Spring Township Lions in Pennsylvania renovated a popular park picnic facility. Lions and their families volunteered more than 1,000 hours of labor to remove old siding and install new siding with two coats of paint to preserve it. They also completely rehabbed the facility’s interior and installed a new stainless steel grill area with added benches and storage cabinets. Lions spent $5,150 on materials. Appalachin Lions in Pennsylvania have sponsored a “Back to School” program for 26 years. Lions pay for new clothing and supplies for lowincome children who need assistance before school starts. Camp Leo, a weeklong summer camp open to legally blind children in South Carolina, is sponsored by the Hilton Head Island Lions Club, the Hilton Head Island Noon Lions Club and the Sun City Lions Club. In 2015, the camp hosted 44 children who enjoyed kayaking, swimming, fishing, zip lining, miniature golf, crabbing and sailing. All services were donated. The camp has been held on Hilton Head Island since 1975. The Ventura Downtown Lions Club in California donated $50,000 toward the purchase of a $100,000 retinal camera shuttle for the Ventura County Medical Center. The camera will enable doctors to diagnose retinopathy of prematurity, a leading cause of blindness in infants. Laurel Springs Lions in New Jersey helped a family when their two-month daughter was diagnosed with a rare eye disease that progresses to blindness. Their doctor contacted the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware and requested two corneas from the organization’s Gratis Tissue Fund. The baby’s corneal transplants were successful, and she no longer faces blindness. Members of the Neah-Kah-Nie High School Leo Club in Rockaway Beach, Oregon, collect and recycle bottles and cans to raise money. The more than 40 members of the club also collect glasses for recycling, helped decorate a visitor center in Rockaway Beach, volunteer on highway cleanups, collect food and socks for those in need and help cook and serve at pancake breakfasts. The annual car show of Clifton Lions in Virginia is a big draw. In 15 years, Lions have raised more than $300,000 for service activities from this single event held over Labor Day weekend. The Naperville Noon Lions Club in Illinois gave a $25,000 donation to the Foundation Fighting Blindness for research into finding a cure for inherited retinal diseases that cause blindness. The Mount Washington Lions Club in Kentucky regularly donates funds to the Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocates program, which provides guidance and assistance to children in the court system. Dr. Franklyn Mgbemere of the St. George’s Lions Club in Grenada checks one of the 43 people screened for vision problems. Lions gave eyeglasses to 42 people. Del Rio Host Lions in Texas gave $12,000 in scholarships to six Del Rio High School graduating seniors. Athens Lions in Tennessee pay for prescription medications for lowincome cataract patients. The Long Island Portuguese Lions Club in New York collected nearly 1,000 nonperishable items for area food pantries. Darlington Lions in South Carolina were among four groups who marked city storm drains with signs warning against pouring pollutants such as oil, grease and chemicals into them. Untreated storm water drains directly into waterways where people swim, fish and boat. Members of the White Oak Lions Club in Pennsylvania honored four members who are veterans as part of challenge by 2015-16 District 14 B Governor Joe Donkin to recognize every Lion who served in WWII, Korea or Vietnam. Each veteran recognized by a club receives a certificate of appreciation; 85 men and women have so far been recognized for their service to their country. The St. Thomas East End Lions, St. Thomas East Lions and the Charlotte Amalie Lions clubs in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, collected and shipped supplies to Lions on Dominica, heavily damaged by Hurricane Erika. Clubs collected building supplies, food, water, school supplies and other provisions, which were shipped free of charge by a local company to help families including Lions recover. In the past 15 years, the 40- member Little Falls Lions Club in Minnesota has donated more than $500,000 back into the community and to charitable organizations. The club’s popular Ribfest, during which more than 500 dinners are served annually, has helped boost its donations. Among recipients last year were the Minnesota Military Family Assistance Center, the Boys and Girls Club, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Special Olympics and the Pine Grove Park Zoo. Members of the Arlington Host Lions Club in Virginia deliver a monthly collection of toiletries to Doorways, an organization for homeless women and families. The club also gave more than $2,000 to Leader Dogs for the Blind and $6,850 to 34 community organizations. In Washington, Fort Vancouver Lions and members of the Leo Legends Club helped a school for the blind on Neighborhood Clean-Up Day. They cut grass, trimmed, weeded and hauled away debris. Members of the Rushford Lions Club in Minnesota helped harvest between 8,000 to 10,000 pounds of vegetables and fruits with other community members at a farm. The produce was then delivered to several nonprofits and organizations including local schools and food pantries. The Nevada City Lions in California sponsored a sight screening event at a park using the Northern California Lions Sight Association Sight Van. Lions screened 42 patients including 15 children. Rehoboth Beach Lions in Delaware helped sponsor an eye mission to Peru for member Dr. Rodolfo Rios. Rios, a native of Peru, was assisted by local Lions and doctors from the National Institute of Ophthalmology who helped him complete 52 cataract surgeries in four days. Lowell Lions in Indiana donated several large-print books to the public library. The Miami County Traveling Lions Club in Florida provided free health screenings during its annual health fair, including cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and vision testing. The Jane Lew Lions Club in West Virginia sponsored a safety fair for children in a park. Members of law enforcement, EMS crews and firefighters explained to children what they do to keep the community safe. In New Jersey, the West Milford Lions refurbished a bus shelter used by students. The Warwick Lions Club in New York gave a donation to an assisted living home that pays for a weekly visit by a certified music therapist, who engages residents in an evening of singing, fun and even playing musical instruments. The Pacific Lions Club in Missouri donated 27 backpacks and several boxes of school supplies to a school to help students in need and delivered necessities so that teachers would not have to pay for the goods themselves. Spokane Central Lions in Washington rented a pool to host more than 500 children as part of an annual tradition. Each child received an ice cream treat from Lions.
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