The Laurelton Lions Club in New York completed a Legacy Project, rebuilding a memorial triangle that had been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The Lions included other community organizations in the project and renamed the location “Veterans Memorial Triangle.” The Wild Rose Lions in Wisconsin held two Christmas events: a free community Christmas breakfast and a Special Needs Christmas where Santa and Mrs. Claus gave presents to about 40 children. The McKeesport Lions Club in Pennsylvania cleaned up litter along a stretch of county road they adopted and collected toys for the U. S. Marines Toys for Tots annual toy drive. Those who donated toys at their buffet breakfast were given cookies and a chance to win a gift basket. Fall Lions in Pennsylvania gave away 10 bicycles and two tricycles at their Children’s Christmas Party where children and adults had their pictures taken with Santa. The Winnemucca Host Lions Club in Nevada kicked off the Christmas season with their annual Festival of Trees. There were 59 entries in the Magical Forest and children enjoyed breakfast with Santa and tea with Mrs. Claus. The San Marcos Lions Club in Texas raised $8,500 through their summertime tube rental operation in City Park and donated it to three local organizations. They also welcomed six new members, bringing membership to 94. Fountain of the Sun Lions Club in Arizona sponsored a new Leo Club at Skyline High School. The 20 new Leos sold water at a warm homecoming carnival as their first fundraising activity. The Manitowish Waters Lions Club in Wisconsin started a fund to help the family of a boy who was born without eyes. They asked others to contribute, and the Hayward Lions Club donated to the boy’s eye fund. The Mountain Grove Lions in Missouri screened more than 1,200 children at elementary and middle schools, and 75 of the children were referred for further exams. The Maharlika Lions Club in California sponsored a fundraising dinner called “Dining in the Dark,” where participants were served dinner while blindfolded. Profits supported their centennial and community projects. Ormond By The Sea Lions Club in Florida welcomed International President Chancellor Lion Bob Corlew on a visit to their club. Members also met with Past District Governor Norma Callahan of the Volusia County Lions Club to learn about diabetic retinopathy screening. The La Vista Lions Club in Georgia supported North Georgia University’s Nursing School mission trips to the Dominican Republic. Clinics were set up in five villages occupied by people who work in the sugar cane fields, and since 2014 more than 3,500 people have been served. The Athens Leo Club in Greece organized a Christmas bazaar. Food and drinks not sold were donated to a school with needy children. The South Cobb Lions Club in Georgia was recognized as the Nonprofit Litter Prevention Organization of the Year by Keep Georgia Beautiful. In 2016 the club removed 462 bags of litter, 145 tires and 108 pieces of furniture from their six adopted miles of road. The Laporte-Benedict Lions Club in Minnesota raised more than $600 and collected more than 300 pounds of food for the local food pantry on their annual Haunted Trail Ride through the woods. Not everybody was scary like this guy. A kid-friendly area included pictures with the giant pumpkin. The Potsdam Lions Club in New York sponsored free skating for families over the holidays when skating has become a tradition for many. The Avon Grove Lions and the Avon Grove Charter School Leos in Pennsylvania conducted three days of eye screenings for more than 500 students. About 10 percent of the students were found to need follow-up exams. Sherman Evening Lions in Texas gave more than 50 fourth-grade students a Natchez crepe myrtle sapling in a pot to take home and plant as part of the Fourth Grade Foresters USA program. They hope that planting a tree will encourage interest in the environment. Members of the Daytop Leo Club in New Jersey delivered blankets, pillows, sheets and towels to the Randolph Regional Animal Shelter. The club is sponsored by Chester Lions.
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