BY DANICA LLOYD
Holiday cheer baskets are assembled and distributed for those in need.
Lions BY THE NUMBERS
The Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club gives back to their community. Projects include:
Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club partners with local youth organizations to serve the community. (Photos courtesy Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club)
Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club Organization dedicated to serving community B ecca Franco’s connection to the Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club began about 15 years impaired and preventing avoidable blindness are two of the major causes Lions Club International supports. The Cy-Fair chapter works with
students in 2020-21 received school supplies children received vision screenings in ve years meals are donated to local children annually trips to Texas Lions Camp are funded for children each year
3,000 bags of school supplies to stu- dents and partnering with Wreaths Across America. Most of the funding for these projects comes from concessions sold at baseball games at Cy-Fair Lions Park, but due to COVID- 19, Franco said that income has decreased signicantly this year. “We had no spring season and a very limited summer season. We’re just getting started again, so all of these great works that we want to do—we’re going to be hard pressed,” she said. Franco said the Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club is always looking to add members, and the $35 joining fee has been waived through Dec. 31. The organization meets every second and fourth Tuesday.
ago when her son volunteered to raise money for a Boy Scouts trip. Today she serves as the president of the organization and continues to partner with local youth programs in community service. The local Lions Club chapter launched in 1957 as the rst in northwest Harris County. Franco said the chapter has considered Cy-Fair ISD’s boundaries its geo- graphic service area ever since. Franco said several members of the local branch have gone on to hold top leadership positions in Lions Club International, which has more than 48,000 clubs worldwide. Improving the lives of the visually
optometrists and collects hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses every month to help individuals who cannot aord them in addition to providing vision screenings for local pre- schoolers every year. “The schools do the school-age kids, but the preschoolers fall through the cracks,” she said. “We go into day cares, health fairs, farm- ers markets, and we screen children. If they do need further eye care, we give them that information.” Other initiatives include sending physically handicapped children to summer camp, donating 500 meals for children quarterly, distributing
Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club 9600 W. Little York Road, Houston 281-685-6322 www.houstoncy-fairlions.org
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