BY MELANIE BUCK –
Sharon Giovinazzo, CEO for World Services of the Blind, visited Mena for the second time this month, this time landing at the Mena Lions Club. One of the primary goals of Lions International is vision services. World Services of the Blind encourages mobility and independent living. Together, they form a force that doesn’t give a “handout”, but a “leg up” to those with vision problems.
Giovinazzo presented some of the latest technology that assists the blind with everyday activities. Giovinazzo is also blind, but functions as if she has full sight. She is a true miracle and now uses her abilities to help others. “I’m a firm believer in giving people the right tools,” said Giovinazzo. “People come to us that have been told their whole lives what’s not possible and when they come to us, we show them what is possible.”
To assist with that effort, both the Mena Lions Club and the Mena Lioness Club presented checks to Giovinazzo for World Services of the Blind, which is headquartered in Little Rock and has helped more than 14,000 from around the country since they were formed in 1947. The Lioness donated $1,310 and the Mena Lions Club donated $500. For more on World Services for the Blind, visit their website: http://www.wsblind.org/.