Lion Tom Bowsher from the Ferris Lions Club came to talk to us about the Lions Sight & Tissue Foundation.

The Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation of District 2-X1 Inc. (LS&TF) has been serving the citizens of the Dallas area from it’s beginning in 1956 as an eye bank devoted to cataract surgery and cornea transplantation to it’s current purpose as a resource for the people in District 2-X1 (which includes the Counties of Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Rockwall, Kaufman & parts of Collin) to receive eyeglasses as well as medical assistance for vision issues.

Through the years, the LS&TF has grown from a few dedicated volunteers meeting a plane at the airport at midnight to deliver corneas to a person in need, to an organization staffed by volunteers from Lions Clubs all over District 2-X1. Utilizing a state-of-the-art Mobile Clinic equipped with all the modern equipment needed to provide complete eye exams the LS&TF reaches out to children and adults who need vision care but lack the resources for such care.

The impact of this service on the lives of these children and adults is profound. Without glasses, children are less likely to succeed in school, leading to drop-outs, gang involvement, and potential incarceration. Vision problems are 3 times as likely in Juvenile Detention Centers as in the general population. For adults, having a pair of glasses can mean the difference in getting a job or becoming a drain on society’s resources. The sense of pride in becoming self-sufficient can change their lives.

LS&TF is a Lions Club District 2-X1 Charity. As a 501(c)(3), all contributions made are tax deductible under law. We welcome all donations and would be glad to discuss our work with any group or individual who is interested. Only through the generous donations of Lions Clubs, Foundations, Corporations and individuals can the important work of the LS&TF continue to help the people of District 2-X1.

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