Lions Club continues to help the community with various projects

BEDFORD – On Thursday, Bedford Lions Club members were hard at work constructing a ramp for an resident on 15th street.

“We are all mostly retirees, who use our time to help our community in need,” said Ken Brumbaugh.

The local club still focuses on its main mission of providing eyeglasses and dictionaries to the community members, along with doing other community projects throughout the year.

“We have three volunteers who are over the age of 80, the rest are just kids who are over 60,” said Brumbaugh.

In July 2020, Bedford Lions Club facilitated a $10,000 emergency grant from the Lions Club International Foundation which enabled two of Lawrence County’s hospitals to purchase supplies to fight COVID-19.

The Lions Club was started in 1917. The local club members volunteer their time and effort to improve their communities and the world.

Kevin Stanley and Dan Chambers work on a ramp on 15th Street on Thursday morning.

As of January 2020, there is a total of 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members including youth in more than 200 countries around the world.

The motto of Lion’s Club is “We Serve”. Programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, just to name a few.

On Saturday, April 17, at 8:00 a.m. the Bedford Lions Club 5K & Walk is scheduled. For tickets click here. The proceeds will be going to local projects and the LIFE food pantry.