LM Lions Donate 200 Pairs of New Eyeglasses to VHP
The Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions Club donated 200 pairs of new reading glasses to the VHP (Volunteer Health Program). They will be used by the VHP’s worldwide eye-health missions.
The glasses were from a larger donation to the Yonkers Lions Club, which shared with other Lions clubs for use where needed. The glasses are 4 per package fashion designer “readers” in +1.50, +2.00 and +2.50 strengths.
Blindness and eye health is the signature cause of the Lions. They collect and recycle old glasses to be distributed to those in need around the world. Residents can deposit in Lions eyeglass recycle boxes in many businesses, Libraries, Post Offices and Town Centers.
The Volunteer Health Program, Ltd. (VHP) is a non-profit health care program founded in 1992 that focuses on primary medical and surgical eye care to underserved rural areas in the Dominican Republic. Each year, VHP serves approximately 1,200 patients providing on site diagnoses and the surgical and medical treatment of eye diseases. They distribute hundreds of corrective glasses in addition to providing cataract, strabismus, ocular plastics and Pteurygium surgeries. The knowledge of their medical teams and the skills of all their volunteers allow them to provide compassionate and skilled care to their patients. VHP is grateful for their partnerships with other organizations who provide much needed supplies, such as eyeglasses.
The Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions are part of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organization. The Lions have 6 core causes: Vision/Blindness, Hunger, the Environment, Diabetes, Childhood Cancer and the future of our Youth. They are signatories of the United Nations resolutions on women’s and refugee rights. The local Lions clubs focus on the needs of their community, supporting the service groups that are already doing the work.
2022 marks the Centennial of Lions in Westchester, with the 100th anniversary of the Yonkers Lions Club. In 2023, the Larchmont Mamaroneck, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle Lions Clubs will celebrate their 100th anniversaries. To learn more about the LM Lions go to http://www.lmlionsclub.org