By Ken Steadman
The Fairfield Glade and Crossville Lions Club members will hold their annual White Cane Days fundraiser Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at several locations. This is a major fundraiser throughout the state of Tennessee and many parts of the world to help assist blind, sight impaired and deaf individuals. This is an event that only happens once a year.
The seven agencies who share donations are World Services for the Blind, Leader Dog for the Blind, Learning Ally (Books on Tape), Tennessee School for the Blind, Tennessee School for the Deaf, Lions District 12-0 Eye Bank and Kids Sight Outreach.
Look for Lions members in their club vests at Food City in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, Kroger (Saturday only in Crossville) and the Village Green Mall in Fairfield Glade. Everyone is encouraged to donate as much as possible including the loose change in their pocket or purse.
Crossville resident Donna Taylor has been blind for 12 years due to Multiple Sclerosis Devics Disease. She has benefited greatly from White Cane Days donation by receiving her second leader dog. Her first dog, Norman, died from cancer a year ago after being her eyes and companion for nine years. Her new dog is a Black Lab named Luna.
They will be visiting the various White Cane Days locations throughout Friday and Saturday, if weather permits. Both of the dogs have been provided free of charge from Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, MI, as a result of donations world-wide.
There are many, many people in Tennessee who have benefited from generous contributions. Please accept their gratitude for your kind giving.