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Lions hamburger fundraiser

Submitted by Mena Lions Club

This year the Mena Lions Club has a unique opportunity to purchase through a matching grant the PlusOptix vision screening device. The PlusOptix can be used in our schools and daycare centers to identify vision problems in pre-school and kindergarten children. If a child has a vision disorder a report is printed out to take to an optometrist.

To raise the money for the grant the Mena Lions Club will hold a hamburger fundraiser Friday, Feb. 9. For a donation of $10, each hamburger meal will consist of a charcoal-grilled hamburger with condiments, chips, a snack cake, and bottled water.

In 1925 Helen Keller, who was rendered blind and deaf after a childhood disease, attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”  The Lions accepted her challenge and our work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.

The Mena Lions Club for years has met this challenge by paying for optometrist visits and eyeglasses for those most needy in our community and contributing every year to Lions Clubs International for programs that benefit the American Foundation for the Blind among other programs for those with sight challenges.

“Your donation can make a big difference in delivering these much-needed services,” said Austin Dees, Mena Lions Club president.

Individuals and businesses are welcome to order hamburger meals by calling 479-234-7150. Advance orders can be taken as late as that Friday morning. Large orders of 10 or more should be called in by noon on Thursday and will be delivered to the place of business, less than 10 can be picked up at the Mena Regional Hospital Cafeteria. Hungry patrons can arrive at the hospital during the event and purchase a meal. They will be serving around 9:30 a.m. through noon.

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