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Proceeds from the Run for Sight help us in our vison for service. Some of the ways the proceeds from this event help us provide service to our community are listed below.
Our club began serving the students of Johnson Elementary in Lexington over 25 years ago until it closed 2009. We held clothing drives, provided dinners and fun evenings for the students, and generally helped this school in its mission serving some of the less fortunate children of Lexington. When it was replaced by William Wells Brown school, we continued this partnership with them. We provide goodie bags to every teacher at the beginning of the school year each fall school to get them the supplies they need to be successful in their classrooms. For summer school students, we sponsor perfect attendant prizes with a grand prize of a drawing for new bicycles for one boy and girl from all those with perfect attendance. Our latest project with the school is to provide hygiene bags for boys and girls who are in need of these basic necessities.
Regionally, our club has had a relationship with Lions Camp Crescendo since its inception in 1996. This camp provides a free summer camp experience for children who are blind or vision impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, children with AIDS or are affected by HIV, and children living in foster or kinship care. This camp is a wonderful facility and provides a cherished camp experience for the children it serves. These free camps only last for a couple of weeks in the summer, but the maintenance and upkeep of the camp facilities is a year-round endeavor. The Lexington South Lions Club provides not only monetary support from the proceeds of this run, but we also hold several service work weekends at the camp throughout the year to help with its upkeep.
This demographic has been a group that we have been trying to serve more as the need continues to grow. One way these children are being served is at Lions Camp Crescendo with the free camp week in the summers. We have also been working to provide needed luggage, duffle bags and backpacks for these children who frequently get moved around. These simple items help these children organize and keep their things in order.
Throughout the year, we receive requests from individuals who need assistance in purchasing eyeglasses. Many of these people need to have clear vision to help them find employment. This is a valuable service helping individuals in our community who are working to make better lives for themselves and their families.