Chester Lions to hold White Cane Drive

The Lions Club of Chester is asking members of the community to support the White Cane Drive this weekend.  The White Cane Drive is a charitable initiative which raises money to assist blind and visually impaired individuals.  

On Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 members of the Lions Club will be stationed at Kroger in the Breckenridge Shopping Center and at Walmart on Ironbridge Road from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. to accept donations.  They will also be accepting donations of used eyeglasses and will be available to discuss membership.  Individuals who donate will receive a miniature “White Cane” as a token of appreciation.

Monies collected by the Lion’s Club will be used for eyeglasses, eye exams, computers for sight-impaired students and hearing aids.

Gene Brown, sight chairman for the Lions Club of Chester, said last year they helped nearly 20 students alone with new eyeglasses.  “We appeal to teachers in schools to identify students who may need glasses,” said Brown.  

The Lions Club also has collection boxes for used eyeglasses.  “These recycled eyeglasses are cleaned and sterilized to fit a person’s vision needs and are used in different parts of the world.”  Collections boxes are located in front of the Kroger entrance in Breckenridge Shopping Center and on Center Street in front of Wells Realty.  

The club is contemplating fund raisers to purchase a sight machine called Pedi Vision.  It is around a $10,000 machine that can pick-up vision problems in children as young as an infant and would help schools to evaluate children in eye screenings.

The Lions Club of Chester has been serving the community for more than 50 years.  “We welcome new members and enjoy the work we do helping people with vision service,” said Brown.  “Especially when we help the kids.”

The Lionss Club of Chester meets every second Tuesday and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Chester Masonic Building located on Dodomeade St.  For more information about membership, call Courtney Wells at 748-0003.

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