In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” The Lions accepted. Today, sight programs remain one of our defining causes.
The Lions Club International Foundation promotes programs for the blind and the vision impaired (who often cannot afford even minimum care). The New Braunfels Evening Lions Club participates in virtually every one.
- Eyeglasses. Discarded glasses are collected. They are used worldwide to benefit those who have a need.
- SightFirst. A program of Lions Clubs International delivering eye health care at no cost to the recipients. Vision professionals donate their time and skill. The collected discarded eyeglasses are sorted and reused. Fund-raising by clubs everywhere, like the New Braunfels Lions Clubs, and philanthropic donations fund these activities.
- The Lone Star Lions Eye Bank collects, preserves and distributes eye tissue.
- The Texas Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Midland, TX is one of thirteen such Centers world-wide.
Select volunteer Lions train in eye screening technique for young children. They perform state-mandated vision tests for the 5- and 6-year olds entering area schools each fall. Uncertified members and friends provide support and assistance.
Contributions provided by the Lions Club to its many community projects are generated solely via the Club’s fund-raising projects, which are manned by its energetic, dedicated volunteer members. Many thanks to the people of New Braunfels for their generous support.