By Joe Donahue, past president Brookings-Harbor Lions Club

As the immediate past president of the Brookings-Harbor Lions Club, I wish to thank the entire community of Brookings-Harbor for their support over the years, particularly in our Kans-4-Kids recycling program.

Special appreciation goes to Fred Meyer’s for allowing us to recycle at their location every Friday morning from 7 a.m. to late as 11 a. m. We also appreciate the various businesses and governments for allowing our containers to be placed for customer convenience in recycling. Finally, we thank the many residents who faithfully bring their cans and bottles to our locations or drop them off on Friday mornings.

This recycling work is carried on by seven to 12 active Brookings-Harbor Lions Club members who pick up and haul cans and bottles during the week and faithfully sort in the rain or shine each Friday morning. I wish to personally thank each and every one of these lions. Our job would be much easier if we did not receive plastic coffee cans, milk bottles and glass wine or cider bottles that we cannot recycle. We ask that the community help us in this way.

The funds we raise by recycling allow us to provide exams and glasses to ANY child in the area at no cost to them. It has allowed us to provide all, or a large portion, of the costs for exams and glasses for adults [77 eyeglasses for youth and adults this past year]. Working with the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation we screened more than 1,000 students and provided eight hearing aids for adults this past year. We recycled 2,063 eyeglasses, as well as 497 cases, 52 hearing aids and 20 cell phones. We provide scholarships, camperships, and financially support many community endeavors such as: Safety City, Soroptimist Baby Shower, Boy Scouts, Robotics, Christmas Baskets, Flags for First Graders, Nature’s Coastal Holiday, Food Bank, etc.

I would be remiss if I did not offer the opportunity for community citizens to volunteer to help us in this sorting and recycling. Some applicants for glasses or hearing aids have joined us and helped on Fridays and we thank them and would welcome many more.

We are always looking for service-minded individuals and families to join and become involved in our Lions Club. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday’s at 6 p.m. at the Community Activity Center and guests are welcome.

For more information on the Lions Club, our recycling, or other programs, please feel free to call me at 541-469-5895 or any other member. Again, our thanks to the entire community for their ongoing support.