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Guest Comment: Don’t forget, Lions Club has dop boxes on the islands

April 11, 2018
By Mary Von Burg , Pine Island Eagle

Wait a minute ... don't throw that away!?Is it something that someone else can use?

The Greater Pine Island Lions Club has drop boxes located here on the island: Matlacha, U.S. Post Office; at the Pine Island Center: library, Centennial Bank (formerly Stonegate Bank), Lutheran Church, Family Hair Salon (Winn-Dixie Plaza) and Pine Island Cove Club House.

We do not take furniture or anything of that nature. But we dotage the personal items - small bottles of lotion, shampoo or conditioner, sun screen that are given out by motels, hotels. These are donated to the Women's Shelter in Fort Myers or veterans organizations upon request to be distributed to those who need them.

All occasion greeting cards, new or used: These are used by the Lighthouse of SW Florida to "reconstruct" into new cards that they sell for a nominal fee in their shop and they also ship cards and new envelopes to Military Service Men and Women so they will have cards they can send home to relatives and friends.

Stamps, new or used: These are used as rehab in veteran hospitals. The patients use the stamps as "small tiles" for constructing art work/pictures which they sell in the hospitals for spending money, or use them as gifts for their friends and relatives.

Regular glasses and sunglasses (readers are also accepted): These are shipped to a Lions' facility in northern Florida where they are cleaned, repaired and sorted. Many are redistributed right here in Florida and others are sent to other states, countries to be distributed by Lions or missionaries.

Hearing aids: If these are fairly new, they can be redistributed right here. Please indicate on the hearing aids if they are new, otherwise they go to another group in Lions which refurbishes them and they are reissued to those in need, who cannot afford to buy them. If you are in need of hearing aids and are below the poverty level for Florida, we have access to new hearing aids available through Starkey Foundation if you qualify. Call at Mary 293-9761 for an application and help in submitting the form.

Cell phones: These too are refurbished and reissued to those in need - domestic violence victims, older people who cannot afford the cell phones but need them to carry with them in case they fall or are injured. We do not have these available.

Each Lion Club is responsible for raising its own money to provide the things we do for our Island residents. With the help of the Bonita Springs Lions Eye Clinic, we provide eye exams and glasses. If something else is found in the exam that needs to be corrected, that too is handled by the Clinic. You need transportation to the Clinic because they do give you a thorough exam and you will not be able to drive home.

If cataract surgery is needed, we work with Dr. Quigley to provide this service for residents on the Island who cannot afford it. The Division of Blind also helps us in qualified cases.

Our one and only fundraiser, a raffle/auction, is held the first part of February and next year it is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 18, from 6-10 p.m., at the Fisher of Men Lutheran Church, 10360 Stringfellow Road, St. James City, Fl 33956. Only 100 tickets will be made available.

The ticket donation price is $50 and covers your entrance into the event, plus buffet dinner (the menu was changed last year and was a great success baked chicken wings, Florida shrimp peel & eat, donated by SunShrimp, and crab cakes. We are looking for a donor for crab meat to make the crab cakes or someone to make the crab cakes. Desserts, coffee and water is provided. This is a "Bring your own cooler with your favorite drinks (alcohol is ok)." The ticket also includes one chance to win a 1st place prize of $500, or 2nd or 3rd place prize of $100 each. A live auction will be provided during the entire evening. Many items are being gathered again this year for your pleasure. Some of the things we received last year were: since Painted Conch, is no longer in business, we are looking for a donor or donors of paintings. Other donations were generously donated by SW Florida Symphony (two tickets), Miracle Baseball Basket including tickets, shirts, caps, etc.; Danny Yates Landscaping; Pinchers Crab Shack; Capt. Gregg McKee, Matlacha, half day flats fishing for two; Tween Waters; Key West Express (two round-trip tickets); Tarpon Lodge; Blue Dog; Matlacha Managerie; Old Fish House; P.I. Pest Control; Pampered Pup; Dominoes; one each Red & White Dinner Wine, Dr. Watson; Four Winds Marina; Tropical Hair Gallery Center; Alden Pines, 18 holes of golf for two with cart and included in the basket were golf balls, cool towel, two water bottles, insulated lunch kit & umbrella from 4-imprint; and many more too numerous to mention. At the same time, a Silent Auction will also be offered.

If you have anything to help us with this event, we can use your donations. Vintage dishes (without chips or cracks) are always nice.

Call Mary for information or donations at 239-283-9761. We will be pleased to pick up what you have now to get it out of your way. Again, we do not take furniture, TVs or computers.

Mary Von Burg is president of the Greater Pine Island Lions Club.



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