Bedford Lions in Ohio distributed 30 baskets of food to people in need in their community. The Marathon Lions in Wisconsin donated $10,204 to Special Olympics Wisconsin. The proceeds were from the club’s annual Motorcycle Fun Run. North Pocono Minisink Lions in Pennsylvania gave $6,000 to a food pantry, purchased bulletproof vests for police officers, provide annual scholarships for graduating high school seniors and, for the past 21 years, have purchased new clothing for students in need identified by school officials. The Peterborough Lions Club in Ontario, Canada, initiated a Message in a Bottle program, in which residents are able to receive a free empty pill bottle in which to store their medical information in case of emergency. First responders will be alerted to look for the bottle by a label on the outside of the refrigerator door. Lions worked with more than 30 pharmacies and medical clinics on the initiative. The Sunrise Lions Club in Lebanon sponsored a Mother’s Day luncheon for 120 elderly women. Streeter Lions in North Dakota sponsored their annual pancake breakfast, serving 145 people. More than $600 was raised with proceeds being used to help pay for elementary students’ swimming lessons. Atwood Lions in Ontario, Canada, helped plant 500 spruce trees as part of an Earth Day celebration in their community. The Fulton Lions Club in New York gave $1,000 to a United Way food pantry. Len Burchill (above) of the Clareshom Lions Club, Alberta, Canada, receives a wheelchair from a volunteer helping pack a shipping container with medical and school supplies collected by Lions to be shipped to Chile. Lions loan medical equipment to residents, but a change in the laws resulted in a slew of donations to the club of lightlyused home health care equipment by retail stores. Area Lions clubs helped pay the $8,400 shipping cost, and Lions clubs in Chile arranged for the container supplies to be distributed to an orphanage and people in need. The container bound for Chile was loaded with 1,000 pounds of books, 3,600 pairs of reading glasses, 145 walkers and 72 wheelchairs and other equipment. Lions also received 40 bicycles from the community to send to the orphanage. Photo courtesy of The Clareshom Local Press The Hewitt Lions Club in Texas donated 5,000 readers and sunglasses to the Texas Eyeglass Recycling Center and a VA hospital. The Remington Lions Club in Virginia gave two scholarships to graduating seniors. The Bethlehem Lions Club in District 351 sponsored a dinner to raise funds to help deaf and hearingimpaired children. Forsyth Lions in Missouri donated $500 to the Forsyth High School’s Junior R.O.T.C. program. A Scout collected 200 eyeglasses to earn the rank of Eagle Scout after learning about the need for donated eyeglasses publicized by the Boise Capital Lions Club in Idaho. The Muhlenberg Lions Club in Pennsylvania and the Bing Miller Foundation combined to grant a 9-year-old girl $2,000 toward the purchase of an eSight device. The girl has conic-rod dystrophy and only has her peripheral vision. This technology will enable her to see things clearly, including her central vision, up to about 30 feet. The Crossville and Fairfield Glades Lions clubs in Tennessee sponsored a STRIDES Walk with the Cumberland County High School Leo Club and a hospital to raise more than $6,000. The funds were used to send campers to the Tennessee Camp for Diabetic Children and for the American Diabetes Association. Hurlock Lions in Maryland have donated 43 scholarships to graduating seniors for a total of $73,000. Each year, the club awards two $2,000 scholarships to deserving high school graduates. Members of the McKeesport Lions Club in Pennsylvania worked with postal employees to print and distribute bags to residents to fill with donations of nonperishable food during Postal Workers National food drive to fill food banks for residents in need. More than 20,000 pounds of goods were collected by the McKeesport post office branch. Members of the Bedford Lions Club in Nova Scotia, Canada, partnered with Scouts and Scouting leaders to plant 2,000 seedlings in a park as part of the Scouts Canada “Scoutrees” program. Imperial Lions in California participated in a community wellness fair by screening the vision of preschoolers and school children. Quakertown Lions in Pennsylvania paid for and installed a bench at a new park pavilion in honor of deceased member John Ulrich. Kelso Lions in Washington donated six scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The Campbellsville Lions Club in Kentucky gave 20 stuffed bears to the court system to give to children who are involved in domestic issues and the adoption process. The bears are identified with the Lions logo. In Lebanon, the Deir el Kamar and Ainsaade Sunrise Lions clubs purchased and distributed more than 100 recycling containers for use throughout the community and schools. Lions also visited students to explain the importance of recycling. The Austin Noon Lions Club in Minnesota raised more than $6,300 from its Pancake Day. Hampstead Lions in Maryland sponsored a fundraising breakfast with all proceeds donated to the family of a 9-year-old who was severely injured after being struck by a car. The West Hanover Lions Club in Pennsylvania gave a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior and donated a magnifying reader to an elementary school student in need of one. Betterton-Still Pond Lions in Maryland are promoting Lyme disease awareness, prevention and education to students in a school district after educator and member Nancy Fox wrote three children’s books about the tick-borne illness. Lessons she helped develop with other educators will be used in kindergarten through 12th grades. Lions supported the educational efforts by funding the awareness program with $1,000. The Lions Club of Mombasa Baharai in Kenya sponsored for the fourth year a reconstructive and medical surgery project at a hospital. For three days, surgeons repaired cleft palates, grafted skin to repair burns and performed other reconstructive surgeries for children and adult patients. The Olcott and Barker Lions in New York sponsored a joint project with a county Farm Bureau to sponsor a workshop for farmers and their families about eye safety. The Rockaway Township Lions in New Jersey published the 61st edition of the White Meadow Lake Directory to provide to all residents. Boy Scouts, friends and neighbors helped Lions with their biggest fundraising effort, which raises an average of $10,000. The money helps support Camp Marcella, provides eye glasses for needy Rockaway residents and pays for holiday baskets at Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter for families in need. The Wolfville Lions Club in Alberta, Canada, in conjunction with the Wolfville Hearing Clinic, sponsored a macaroni and cheese dinner with desserts and entertainment that raised $1,600. The Southport Lions Club of Indiana purchased five defibrillators and five Narcan kits for the Southport police department. One of the Narcan kits is credited with already saving the life of a person who overdosed on drugs. The Townsend Lions Club in Massachusetts awarded two $1,000 memorial scholarships in the names of Lions Tom Harrington and Joe LoDuca to graduating seniors and gave $2,500 to a food bank. The Star Prairie Lions Club in Wisconsin donated a $1,000 college scholarship and three $500 scholarships to graduating seniors.
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