One time each year members of the Woodbury Lions Club solicit contributions from the public to assist the blind and present blindness. This annual drive is designated as White Cane Days. This year the event will be on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, according to Lois Larimer, chairperson of the drive.
Funds collected during this drive will assist the club in making it possible for any indigent person to receive eye exams, eyeglasses or eye health care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center without cost to the patient.
Other programs and projects assisted with White Cane Day funds are: to provided recorded books, magazines, text books, and any other material to blind and dyslexic persons upon request; to provide a guide dog to any qualifying blind person at no cost; to provide low vision assistance and equipment to any person qualifying; to provide assistance to students at the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville; and to provide hearing aids to qualified persons in the county.
These services would be very difficult to obtain for many of our citizens without the assistance of the Lions Club. The Lions could not provide this help without the support of the public.
Lions Club members will be manning roadblocks in Woodbury from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8. Other members will be soliciting donations from business and professional people.
Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation may do so by sending a check payable to Woodbury Lions Charities, Inc. to Lois Larimer, 110 College St., Woodbury, or giving it to any Lions Club Member.
This is the only time during the year that Lions make requests for direct donations. All other fundraising is done with projects such as pancake breakfasts, broom and mop sales, light bulb sales, pecan sales, horse show, etc.
Lion members not only give generously of their time, they also give from their own funds to support the programs of the club. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this work that helps people in need should see Heath Nokes, president of the club, Gina Mitchell, membership chairman, or any member of the club.