Ninety years ago, Helen Keller challenged the Lions Club to take up the cause of the blind. Lions in Cedar Key have answered that challenge since 1968.
Levy County children are where it all begins. The Lions Kidsight Program screens pre-k and kindergarten children for vision problems. Lion Judy Howerton leads the volunteer KidSight team. They travel from Cedar Key to Bronson, Chiefland, Otter Creek and beyond. In each town, the team visits schools and childcare centers. Lion volunteers test children’s vision and alert parents to problems they discover. Howerton states, “Our team has screened more than 420 children so far this year. Of those, 40 children required further evaluation.”
In July, an enhanced Lion Vision Services Program premiers. Lions offer qualified Levy County residents eye exams, eyeglasses, glacouma treatment and cataract surgery. Cedar Key Lions have streamlined the application process to deliver benefits faster. Find the the Lions Vision Service Program application online at www.cedarkeylionsclub.com July 1, 2016.
Cedar Key Lions collect used eyeglasses, hearing aides, cell phones and printer cartridges. Donated eyeglasses are processed and distributed throughout the world. Hearing aides are used in Lion hearing programs. Lions provide free cell phones to homeless and women’s shelters. Ink and toner cartridges are recycled, keeping them out of landfills.
Look for Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes and Golden Bucket collection containers.
Drummond Community Bank
Capitol City Bank
Cedar Key City Hall
Cedar Key Library
Cedar Key Market
The Key Hole Artist co-op
Christ Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall