INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - They socialize, but they also serve. The Decatur Central Lions Club is celebrating 71 years, and even though their biggest fundraiser is behind them they continue to help the community throughout the year.
The 4-H Fair wrapped up last week and the event that spans several days helps raise funds for several programs and projects.
Hoosier kids, adults and the disabled all benefit from the Lions Club’s work. Operation Kids Sight is one of their big projects which helps young children make sure their eyes are in their best shape for school.
“It’s where we do pre-school eye screenings,” described Lions Club member Linda Scott. “We’d have had some directors of daycares come to us without finding this vision problem in a child, you’ve helped their learning.”
There’s also a project where they get dictionaries into the hands of local students.
“It’s a wonderful project,” said Beverly Coombs, another Lions Club member. “We give every third grader in our township a dictionary. Some of them will say this is the first book I’ve ever owned.”
The Decatur Central Lions Club also collects eyeglasses and hearing aids for those who struggle to buy them.