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Donations help Lions buy eyeglasses for kids

Red Wing Lions Club President Jan Wall (left), Lion Steve Wall and Lion Chris Rayner, who chairs White Cane Days, were among club members collecting donations for vision projects including new glasses for local children. Photo courtesy of Red Wing Lions Club

Money collected by the Red Wing Lions Club at its annual White Cane Days fundraiser has helped the club purchase 32 pairs of eyeglasses for local children since 2012.

The 2017 White Cane Days fundraiser in September collected $1,570.25 at three locations: Wal-Mart, Econofoods downtown and Hanisch Bakery; 24 Lions participated this year.

Sight has been an important project area for Lions since 1925, when Helen Keller asked the Lions to become "Knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."

In addition to buying eyeglasses, the Red Wing club also contributes to a variety of other vision projects. Yearly donations made at the annual convention ranged from $300 to $900 in recent years. Red Wing Lions also have donated to the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation; this year that amount was $918.