“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
“Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you, Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?”
The above words spoken by a blind woman, on June 30, 1925, at a convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, were responsible for the Lions Clubs worldwide adopting an organizational mission to helping people see the world.
That women’s name was Helen Keller
A child goes blind every minute.
Fighting preventable blindness and improving people’s eye sight remains high on the causes of Lions Clubs world-wide.
Have you ever taken a minute to think about what it would be like to not be able to see the smiling face of a loved one, a new fresh snowfall or the wonderful colors of a Christmas Tree ?
Did you know that second only to cancer, the greatest fear of every person is not being able to see.
Saratoga Springs Lion’s Sight Efforts Overview
- We participate in Sight First Program which provides eye exams and glasses to qualified individuals at a reduced rate.
- We collect used eye glasses that are distributed world-wide to help people see.
- We help pay for major surgical procedures to help give people the gift of sight
- We are major supporter and contributors to The Albany Lions Eye Institute one of only 8 regional eye care centers in the United States.
- We support The Lions Eye Bank at Albany a private non-profit providing ocular tissue for transplantation, medical education and research.
- We support The Guiding Eyes for the Blind guide Dog organization.