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Fairfax Host Lions Club Charities Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Community Service Clubs, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution, Human Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: With more than 44,000 Lions Clubs in 185 countries and geographical areas and more than 1.4 million members, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service organization. One of their major goals involves eyesight. Helen Keller, in 1925, challenged the world's Lions to become the knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness. In response, the Lions Clubs established a broad-reaching organization - The Sight First Program - that works on several different levels to support vision care. Across the United States, regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers clean, repair, and classify glasses collected through the Give The Gift Of Sight. The eyeglasses are then distributed free-of-charge to needy individuals around the world. The mission of the Fairfax Host Lions Club is to serve our neighbors and community, to help the less fortunate, and to raise funds to finance our charitable programs. In conjunction with the Fairfax County Health Department, our club founded the Lions Club Eye Clinic in 1966 at the Joseph Willard Health Center. This is currently the Lions Eye Clinic at the Fairfax Hospital. In addition to our commitment to aid those in need of sight and hearing assistance, we also perform other regular community activities such as, the following: A small team works 3 hours twice a month at the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Falls Church, VA. We schedule and operate the Lion's Mobile Sight and Hearing Screening Van during the Fairfax Fall Festival. Approximately 30 needy families are provided with food baskets at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. A team of Lions from our club runs a bingo game once a month at two local nursing homes.

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