The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 26, 2013

Lions slate annual White Cane Drive

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Lions Club of Enid and Garfield County will conduct its annual White Cane Drive Saturday. Members will be soliciting funds from the public 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at businesses throughout Enid.

The annual event is an important fundraiser for Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation. The Foundation is the agency responsible for funding Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch at Perkins, and Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank.

The Boys Ranch takes abused youths and provides a stable family setting for them. These young men receive necessary counseling, attend Perkins-Tryon Public Schools and participate in a variety of school activities, such as sports and vocational agriculture.

The graduation rate is good, with some going to college. Most become productive citizens instead of wards of the state. Since 1952, many boys have been served from all 77 counties in Oklahoma. Currently, the ranch has a capacity to serve 12-14 boys.

Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank is the only such facility in the state. The unit in Oklahoma City is responsible for collecting corneas from donors and making them available for transplant to qualifying recipients. Over the years, more than 18,000 corneas have been retrieved, with more than 15,000 successful transplant surgeries.

Locally, the Lions Club purchases eyeglasses for the needy, provides scholarships and supports school activities, YMCA youth programs and local charities.