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Lions eyeglass drive personal for local minister, volunteer

By REV. JOHN WARREN
St. John’s United Methodist Church

Rev. John Warren with some of the 435 pairs of glasses collected to date. Collection boxes are located at the following locations: • CarQuest • Citizens National Bank • Rockdale Federal Credit Union • Rockdale Intermediate, Junior High and High School offices • The Rockdale Reporter • Rockdale Sports & Embroidery • St. John’s United Methodist Church Rev. John Warren with some of the 435 pairs of glasses collected to date. Collection boxes are located at the following locations: • CarQuest • Citizens National Bank • Rockdale Federal Credit Union • Rockdale Intermediate, Junior High and High School offices • The Rockdale Reporter • Rockdale Sports & Embroidery • St. John’s United Methodist Church The reason I am a member of the Rockdale Noon Lions Club, can be found in the following scripture:

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”—Luke 4:16-21 (NRSV)

If you have always had good vision you will never understand the world from my eyes.

I was born legally blind, which meant for me that I could see, just not well enough to do a great deal.

In those days my only help came from large print books and a teacher who would allow me to move my desk anywhere in the room so I could see the chalkboard.

Doctors at that time said glasses were not an option for me. Thankfully years later that diagnosis changed.

I can still remember the first time I left the optomitrist’s office. The world was so alive w ith movement. The leaves blowing in the wind were amazing. I had never seen them as individual leaves moving in the wind, just big masses of green.

I get the privilege of being the “glasses chairperson” in the Rockdale Noon Lions Club so through them I can give sight to others.

More so through your donation of your old eyeglasses, we can give sight to people throughout the world.

I collect the glasses from a number of c ol lec t ion boxes throughout town.

If your child needs glasses contact the school counselor.

This past year we were able to fit almost 100 children with glasses.

If you would like a collection box in your business, please contact me and we will have one for you.

So far this year we have collected 435 pairs of glasses and hope to pass 500 by the end of the year.


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