The Centerville Lions Club's biggest project is Sight First. Locally, we provide eyeglasses to students in Centerville and Washington Township whose parents are unable to provide glasses for their kids. We collect used eyeglasses at various locations in the community for re-use in other countries. Several Lions members have been trained to give vision screenings for pre-school children...typically ages 3 to 6. Screenings are scheduled at local day cares in the Centerville and Washington Township communities.
The world we live in has over 40 million blind people -- a figure that will double in two decades, unless the trend is reversed. Lions Club International has declared war on all preventable and reversible (curable) blindness worldwide. Principle causes of blindness include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, river blindness, vitamin A deficiency and trachoma. Lions Clubs around the globe have raised over $130 million for these causes. More than 2.2 million cataract surgeries have been done.
Eye Glass Collection Locations:
Bill's Donuts Shop, 268 N. Main Street, Centerville, OH
Enrichment Center at Rec West, 965 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville, OH
St. Leonard - Chaminade Hall Lobby, Centerville, OH
The Wellington at Dayton, 2656 West Alex Bell Rd.
Dayton Metro Library - Kettering / Moraine Branch, 3496 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, OH
Dayton VA Medical Center's Grotto and Garden Restoration Efforts
Centerville Lions had a guest speaker - the master gardener for the Dayton Veteran Association's Medical Center's Grotto and Gardens restoration efforts. What a piece of history in the Dayton community! Efforts have been underway to restore over 26 acres of gardens, paths and memorials. Centerville Lions were so impressed that they made a donation to help support the purchase of plants.
Each Christmas season the Centerville Lions "adopt" a local family to brighten their holidays. We purchase gifts for each family member and provide food.