This will be the only time you will find the Lions Clubs asking the citizens of Cumberland County for donations. The White Cane Days event supports seven agencies that help the blind and sight impaired. Approximately 100 Lions will be on hand at six locations from both the Crossville and Fairfield Glade Lions Clubs.

Fairfield Glade Lions will be wearing their gold vest and the Crossville Lions will show off their purple vest on May 8 and 9. They will be stationed at Food City stores in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, Kroger, Kmart, Walmart and Lowe’s from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Look for the large PVC white cane to receive your much-needed donations. The “cane” has been used for centuries by blind and sight impaired to warn them of obstacles in their path. Records show that the shepherd’s staff was used for this purpose in biblical times. The Lions Clubs International helped identify the present “white cane” as the universal symbol for blind and sight impaired in 1930.

The seven agencies that benefit from your generous giving are Lions World Services for the Blind, Tennessee District 12-0 Eye Bank, Tennessee District 12-0 Lions Sight Services, Leader Dog for the Blind, Recordings for the Blind, Tennessee School for the Blind and Tennessee School for the Deaf.

Local resident Donna Taylor benefited from Leader Dog for the Blind three years ago. Taylor had sight for 40 years of her life and became blind in a matter of two weeks from MS. She managed to get around for five years with a cane before getting benefit from White Cane Days. Her dog, Norman, is valued at $42,000 from all the training he has received since puppy hood.

Taylor’s life has changed greatly with Norman's help and she thanks the Lions and citizens of Cumberland County for making it possible. Taylor and Norman will be making appearances at all locations over the two days. Hopefully and will be able to see her and give Norman some petting and receive her personal thanks for her new life.

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