CH Lions Club celebrates 70th anniversary
Service club has mission to help vision and hearing impaired
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Colonial Heights Lions Club celebrated its 70th anniversary at the American Legion on Thursday, October 5.
The Lions Club of Colonial Heights was chartered in October 1947 by the Lions Club of Petersburg. Their primary mission is to help the blind, the visually impaired and the hearing impaired by recycling hearing aids and eyeglasses. They have several eyeglass collection boxes throughout the community for unwanted/used eyeglass donations.
Through the years the club has sponsored many fundraising events such as a yearly pancake breakfast, White Cane Day, Halloween candy sales, peanut sales, broom sales and their recent bowling fundraiser. Proceeds raised during the events are given to many local, state and national events.
In addition to their fundraising events, the Lions Club donates to a number of sight-related organizations such as the Lions of Virginia Foundation (LOVF), Burkeville Lodge (retreat for the blind), Leader
Dog Foundation, Virginia Voice (radio reading service for the blind), Prevent Blindness, and Lions Club International.
They are closely affiliated with the Lions clubs in the Tri-Cities and Richmond area, and they often work in conjunction with other clubs to provide assistance to the visually impaired and hearing impaired throughout the area.