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Providing sight and sound to needy

July 17, 2010|By Isabel Adams

Burbank Noon Lions club offers two important programs for low-income individuals living in the city. Over the past year, eye exams and glasses with a market value of more than $2,600 have been provided to several qualifying Burbank residents. The second program is for free hearing aids, again for low-income individuals meeting the qualifications. Four individuals were referred to the California Lions Club "Hearing Foundation" to take advantage of this social service. With a market value of more than $6,000, Burbank Noon Lions Club is the only volunteer service organization offering and coordinating the free hearing aid service for Burbank residents.

Information about both programs can be found at

Tax-deductible donations to help support these programs are gladly accepted, and information to donate can also be found on the website.

Lions Club members are not only involved in helping others to see and hear locally, but also sponsor the collection of used eyeglasses for those less fortunate living in underdeveloped countries. Many thousands of recycled eyeglasses have made their way to areas suffering major disasters including victims of the tsunami and earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.


Eyeglass collection boxes are located in all city libraries, at the Burbank Recycle Center, DonTuttle and Joslyn adult centers.

Burbank Noon Lions Club is open to men and women in the community wishing to contribute their volunteer service to help others. Club meetings are at noon the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. For more information, contact Marva Murphy at (818) 955-8018 or at


The Burbank Civitan Club received the first place award, out of 29 teams, at the Friends of the Burbank Public Library's 2010 Trivia Challenge. Burbank Civitan team members were David Escobar, Randy Garcia and Jennifer Jordan. More than 150 persons attended the annual event at the Castaway Restaurant, with Jack O'Neill serving as master of ceremonies.

The club hosted the Tyro Dinner/Dance on June 11 at McCambridge Recreation Center for the clients of BCR "a place to grow."

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