LEWISBURG — Lions are the largest of all service clubs around the world. Shortly after Lions International was organized, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “Knights of the Blind” and to this day the blind is the unifying theme of the organization. That is also true with Lewisburg Lions.
The Lewisburg Lions have received tremendous support and more than half of those funds have been used in the local community. The by-laws of Lionism require that 100 percent of all donations from non-Lions be given to charitable causes. All costs of Lions club organization must be borne by members. Thus any Lion you see is contributing from his or her own time or pocket for the privilege of serving others — hence the motto “We Serve”.
During the past year, Lewisburg Lions contributed nearly $1,100 to people in the area needing help with eye glasses. Last year, over 600 pair of used eyeglasses were placed in the Lions collection box at Evangical Hospital. Many of those sunglasses were given to people in Guatamaula, and the remainder were presented to a regional Lions Eyeblank center and reconditioned and used throughout the world.
Additional dollars were contributed to: Boy Scout Troop 509, $100; the Lewisburg Shade Tree Commission, $450, plus the labor for planting; and Northeast Pa. Lions EyeBank, $100.
The NE Eyebank works with over 60 hospitals covering a 37 county area and is considered the fifth largest EyeBank by volume in the United States. When local people sign up to provide a cornea donation, this is where the information is recorded. Many people in the northeastern region of Pennsylvania receive donated corneas and the financial contributions from Lions throughout the region support that effort. Contact the Lewisburg Lions for an application to make a cornea donation.
Other donations were made to the Donald Heiter Community Center, $100; Leader Dog for the Blind, $200.
Leader Dogs for the Blind has over 1,500 people using Leader Dog for the Blind trained dogs. If you or a member of your family ever need a Leader Dog, they can receive a Leader Dog for free, because of Lions support from across the country.
Other donations went to Beacon Lodge for the Blind, $200, and Camp Victory near Millville, $200. An additional $1,700 was presented to the Lewisburg Community Fourth of July Parade.
For any man or women who would like to join this “We Serve” group and would like to have a membership application, call Lion President Matt Hepner at 524-0961.