Seeleys, Bells honored by South Dakota Lions Foundation


BROOKINGS – Lion Ron and Jan Seeley and Lion Bob and Julie Bell were honored recently by the South Dakota Lions foundation for their contributions to the Foundation. 

The South Dakota Lions Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the charitable efforts of Lions Clubs and members throughout South Dakota. Its vision is to create a permanent vehicle for the development and delivery of programs and services to the visually and hearing impaired.

The foundation has been partnering with Lions to help people with their vision and hearing needs since 1964. Because we’re local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we’re global, we can address challenges that go beyond borders with our eyeglass recycling program.

Brookings Lions Club partners with the foundation to provide free vision screening to pre-school and kindergarten children through KidSight and to collect eyeglasses that are no longer being used. Lions of South Dakota collect more than 50,000 pairs of used eyeglasses every year for volunteer missions.

In just about any dresser drawer, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life. Lions of South Dakota collect more than 50,000 pairs of used eyeglasses every year for volunteer missions. Every pair of glasses is inspected for quality, and volunteers clean, sort, and package the glasses. Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the most impact.

If you have used eyeglasses you no longer need, you can donate them now to your local Lions club. Children’s glasses are especially needed. You can drop off your old eyeglasses at Lions sponsored collection boxes in your community. In the Sioux Falls area, all Lewis Drug stores have collection boxes at customer service. You can also collect glasses at your local business or organization. For more information, contact your local Lions club or contact the foundation today.

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