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Lions advocate for several services

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By The Staff

Campbellsville Lions Club is a member of the International Association of Lions.

The clubs provide services for the community, state, nation and world. The Lions are the world's largest civic organization, with the motto of "We Serve."

They are advocates for:

- Sight conversation - providing eye exams and prescription eye glasses for qualified patients.

- Used eye glasses - through a recycle program, collections are sorted and screened as to match patients in third world countries. Eye care professionals volunteer to fit these glasses to those who cannot afford them.

- Eye related surgery/treatments/recovery - Doctors work in unison with the University of Louisville to treat patients who have been referred to the Lions for evaluation and surgery, if needed. Most of the fee is paid for by funds raised by the Lions of Kentucky.

- Eye clinics - Provide a means to collect corneas for transplant or tissue research. The Lions of Kentucky organ donor program provides the corneas. The work of the clinics has saved eyesight for many people all around the world.

- Leader dog training - Provides training and a dog for qualified men and women to attend a three-week training course. This service is free to the student.

- Hearing impaired - Provide exams, evaluations and hearing aids to needy at discounted prices.

- Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation - Located in Louisville, KLEF works under the supervision of the trustees of the foundation. Made up of members of Lions Clubs of Kentucky, they provide funding for the operation of KLEF.

- Kentucky Lions Camp Crescendo - Owned by the Lions Clubs of Kentucky, the main focus of the camp is to provide a break for kids who suffer from being blind or hearing impaired. The Lions give them a full week of camp experience free of charge. The Lions camp is also the scene of some special camps - the Heart to Heart camp for children with AIDS; Camp Freedom for kids who are in foster care; Muscular Dystrophy Camp and several church camps.

- Green River Ministries - Support for the homeless shelter building fund for this ministry is ongoing. This community needs to expand its shelter to accommodate the needs of those who are facing homelessness.

- Taylor County Food Pantry - Lions donate dollars to purchase food items to help meet the demand for those who qualify for this program.

For more information about the Lions, contact Mel C. Gilbert, secretary, at 465-3154 or by e-mail at gilbert3154@windstream.net.