Originally Published: January 28, 2018 5:55 a.m.
Fulfilling grant requests from 30 Prescott charitable organizations, the Prescott Noon Lions Club distributed proceeds from its paper recycling project in October for the 44th consecutive year. This year’s recipients include People Who Care, Prescott Area Shelter Services, Prescott Community Cupboard, Yavapai CASA for Kids, American Legion and Sunshine Stitchers. The grant request process is open to any charitable organization, 501(3)(c) or school. Applications are due by Oct. 1 each year.
The Prescott Noon Lions Club thanks the generous and ecologically minded citizens of Prescott for their contributions of paper that make the charitable gifts possible. The Lions are also grateful to the local property owners, property managers and tenants who allow the club to park its collection trailers and bins on their property, in some locations, for years. They pick up at Fry’s, Safeway on White Spar Road, Costco, Park Plaza, Bank of America on Willow Creek Road, Plaza Bowl, Fann Contracting Co., the Adult Center, the City Transfer Station, the public library, Yavapai College, the VA, YRMC and six residential communities.
It takes the effort of 65 Lions each week to unload the trailers and fill an 18-wheeler that is driven every three weeks with 40 tons of paper to a recycler in Phoenix. Besides the paper project, the $40,000 given away this year was earned from cotton candy sales on the Fourth of July and by contributions from club members.
The Prescott Noon Lions Club joins with other Lion clubs in Yavapai County and local optometrists to operate a mobile eye care van to serve low-income residents. The 34-foot van is equipped like an eye doctor’s office. Lions drive the van to a different community throughout the county on weekdays and Saturdays. The doctor examines patients at no charge and writes a needed eyeglass prescription that Lions fill with the proper eye glasses, also at no charge. Lions served 59 people this way year-to-date.
The Prescott Noon Lions Club has 110 members who live out the Lions motto: “We Serve.” It is one of the largest and most active Lions Club in Arizona. There are approximately 1.4 million Lions in 210 countries around the world. To learn more, check the club’s website prescottnoonlions.org.