“A Life-Changing Activity – You Make a Difference!”

Posted on October 19, 2017Leave a comment

Those are the words of the mom of “Henry,” a local preschooler. Henry was born with a visual impairment. He can see large size letters but his eyes quickly fatigue. Though Henry has always loved books, his visual impairment forces his eyes to work harder to see words.

Moving through various military assignments in different states in Henry’s very early years, his parents struggled to find the right programs to support his low-vision. They were advised that he would benefit from learning both enlarged print and Braille. When they were transferred to the Washington DC area, they found an opportunity to do that.

This summer, Henry attended the National Federation of the Blind’s Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy in Arlington, VA.  The BELL Academy prepares blind and low-vision children, ages 4 through 12, to grow into confident and independent people who will live the lives they want. It challenges children with intense Braille instruction through fun, hands-on learning activities, targeting blind and low-vision children who do not receive enough Braille instruction in school, or who could benefit from Braille enrichment over the summer.

The Fairfax Lions Club provides financial support to the local BELL Academy. This year, the Fairfax Lions presented 99 Braille books for this summer’s BELL camp which Henry attended. His mom spoke to the Fairfax Lions on October 17, thanking them for their support. She explained how Henry loves to read, and how the children’s Braille books will enable his growing knowledge of Braille – a skill that will assure Henry a lifetime of reading.

HENRY’S FAVORITE BRAILLE BOOK, PROVIDED BY FAIRFAX LIONS CLUB

Henry’s parents are very pleased with the progress he made at the BELL Academy. His mom’s words to the Fairfax Lions:  “It was a Life-Changing Activity – You Make a Difference!”

The Fairfax Lions invite ALL persons to engage in community service programs. Attend a Lions Club meeting and learn more about Fairfax Lions charity programs, or make a tax deductible donation. Visit the web page at:  http://www.fairfaxlions.org/donate/

 

Propane Taxi Supports Fairfax Lions Club at the Fall Festival

Posted on October 10, 2017Leave a comment

The generous folks at Propane Taxi have once again donated the fuel used to cook the Lions Club’s famous fundraising hot dogs. As always with the Fairfax Lions, 100% of fundraising proceeds return to the community.  Propane Taxi‘s support will help minimize fundraising expenses, resulting in more support to the community.

Please come out and see us this weekend, Saturday, October 14th, at the Fall Festival! You will find us serving beer and hot dogs at our regular location at the corner of Sager and University from 10:00am until 5:00pm.

And next time you need a refill for your grill, consider supporting a local business that supports your community!

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Fairfax Lions Recognized by “Leader Dogs for the Blind”

Posted on October 1, 2017Leave a comment

Fairfax Lions received this recognition award for our contribution to “Leader Dogs for the Blind.”

Leader Dogs for the Blind empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind – with skills for a lifetime of independent travel, opening doors that may seem to have closed with the loss of sight. Their programs are provided free to clients. Leader Dog programs are crafted to individual situations and adapt to clients’ changing needs at any point in their lives. From youth camp to orientation and mobility cane training, through guide dog training, and GPS technology integration, Leader Dog’s programs give clients the confidence and skills they need to live independent lives.  Leader Dog is recognized as a “Best In America” Charity by the Independent Charities of America.  More at:  http://www.leaderdog.org/

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