CH Li­ons Club cel­e­brates 70th an­niver­sary

Ser­vice club has mis­sion to help vi­sion and hear­ing im­paired

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Kelsey Re­ichen­berg Staff Writer

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.

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