Lions donate to relief efforts

Published 9:20 am Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Mocksville Lions Club recently made several monetary donations to be used for disaster relief and other humanitarian causes.

As part of the largest service-oriented organization in the world, Lions Clubs International, the Mocksville club is making donations to help with disasters here in the United States and abroad.

A total of $1,000 was given to the Lions Clubs International Foundation to assist in providing relief to needy individuals. In August, Lions International awarded a $100,000 major castastrophe grant to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana; $100,000  was awarded  to assist victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida and the Southeast U.S. and Mexico; and $100,000 was awarded to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The Mocksville club also donated $250  to Doctors without Borders who provide medical and visual services to needy individuals in impoverished nations across the globe. The club donated an additional $250 to The Carter Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of the blindness disease called “Onchocerciasis” or more commonly referred to as River Blindness. River Blindness is a preventable disease caused by drinking contaminated water often from unclean rivers and other sources. It is most prevalent in developing nations.

Lions International donated over $45,000,000 to help prevent blindness from this preventable type of blindness through the use of a vaccine.

“The Mocksville Club is issuing a challenge to local civic organizations and/or individuals to match these contributions,” said member, Terry Lewis. “Service is truly about serving those in need, both locally and internationally.”

Learn more about the Mocksville club by calling 336-751-0066.