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Lions urge residents to help fight hunger locally

January 19, 2012

The Buckhannon Lions Club is inviting all community residents to deliver nonperishable food items to the Parish House Food Bank at 68 College Ave., in Buckhannon, on any weekday during the month of January.

This event is part of Relieving the Hunger, a Lions global campaign that takes place during December and January that focuses on hunger and malnutrition.

During the campaign, Lions are fighting hunger in their respective communities, while raising awareness of this global problem. Nearly 1 billion people do not get enough food to be healthy. Recently, financial and economic crises have pushed more and more people into hunger, and many hunger relief organizations are finding it difficult to keep up with the demand.

"Organizing this project gives us each a chance to help families in our community who don't have enough to eat or can't afford to buy nutritious food," Buckhannon Lions President Charlie Watts said. "We're trying to build a stronger, healthier community."

In addition to the club's Relieving the Hunger campaign, the club conducts a variety of projects, including Christmas tree sales, various dinner fundraisers, Taste of Italy and Oktoberfest.

These fundraisers make possible the financial support of the Sight Project, which is used to reduce the expenses of eye examinations and the purchase of eye glasses. The funds also support the club's efforts to support diabetes awareness, Low Vision, Leader Dog and Pilot Dog Foundations, along with support of the Mobile Eye Screening Unit, Lions Youth Exchange, Lions Club International Foundation and the Romney School for the Blind Student Work and Ski Program.

Funds also are used for local community projects such as Crosslines, Parish House, Hi-Y Youth in Government, Boys and Girls State and the local Reach Out and Read program.

More more information on the Buckhannon Lions Club is available by contacting membership Chairman Jamie O'Brien at 304-472-7566 or Watts can be reached at 304-473-0025 or



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