"Thank you so much for paying for my eye exam and glasses. I am disabled and don't have the money for them or the transportation to the doctor.”
"I want to thank you for helping me get my glasses. It means the world to me that someone would help me, so THANK YOU!”
“ I just want you to know how much I appreciate your help for getting my glasses. I would really like to thank you for all the help you gave me with me glasses. Eyesight is important and the Lions Club knows the value of it, so I owe you a great big hug and thank you so very much.”
These are just some of the thank you notes from the over 210 people who have had their vision restored in 2014 thanks to help from the Cedar Key Lions Club. The Lions Club Vision Care program assists people who are in need of eye exams, eyeglasses and eye surgery in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist Counties.
According to Dale Register, President of the Cedar Key Lions Club, “Lions are recognized worldwide for their work with the visually impaired and blind, a cause Lions have supported since Helen Keller’s call to Lions in 1925 to be ‘Knights of the Blind.’ Our support of our many neighbors in need of help with vision care here in Cedar Key and Levy County – and expanded in 2014 to include Dixie and Gilchrist County residents – has doubled in the number of people we could help in 2014 over 2013. It shows how Lions make a difference in our community.”
From a young child to an 90 year old widow, over 210 people have had eye exams, been outfitted with eyeglasses or received eye surgery help in 2014, thanks to assistance from the Cedar Key Lions Club in cooperation with optometrist Dr. Richard Wagner of Chiefland, himself a member of the Chiefland Lions Club.
"It is so personally satisfying to help!" says Cedar Key Lions Vision Chairwoman Jennie Pinto. "Without the hard work and dedication of past and present Lions, helping people to see again would not be possible. The joy that comes with this 'job' lifts my spirits every week. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to show, that as Lions, WE SERVE."
The Cedar Key Lions Club vision mission also encompasses the KidSight early preschool childhood vision screening to identify possible early child hood vision issues in children such as “lazy eye” while they are still treatable. Our affordable hearing aid program helps provide free or low cost hearing aids to those who meet the needs criteria.
You can help others by recycling your used eyeglasses and hearing aids at the Cedar Key Lions Recycling boxes located at City Hall, The Drummond Bank and at the Episcopal Church fellowship hall.
Applications for Lions eye vision care and hearing aid assistance are available at the Cedar Key Library.
For information on the Lions Vision program, contact Jennie Pinto at 352-325-1066.
For information on the hearing aid program, contact Eileen Bowers at 352 410-3685.
If you are interested in joining the Lions Club, contact Membership Chairman Maurice Hendrix at 352 543-6837.
Photo of: Jennie Pinto, Cedar Key Lions Club Vision Chairwoman
Photo credit: Rory Brennan