The Commerce Journal

May 17, 2013

Lions Club helps children see the world more clearly

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — For 10 years, the Commerce Lions Club has been putting on vision clinics to help give children a chance to see life a little more clearly.

This year the Lions Club was able to give 31 children who attend Commerce Independent School District a pair of glasses.

With healthcare costs rising, parents of these children would otherwise not have been able to purchase them one.

Sue Nixson, a member of the Lions Club, said it puts more than a smile on her face watching the children walk out with a new pair of glasses.

“It’s almost indescribable,” she said. “It’s awesome. Every one of those kids wants glasses.”

The Lions Club district purchased a mobile vision clinic a few years ago that allows them to take the bus to any campus.

“They got them prepped for the exam and then they [the children] got to pick out the glasses,” she said. “The kids are very appreciative.”

Fellow members donated their time and money into helping find the right pair of glasses for the right pair of eyes.

“They take off work and come to help,” she said. “Lion Joel Elsten does the exams for us for free.”

Commerce ISD does the pre-screening for the children before making a recommendation to the club as to which children to receive the glasses.

“Commerce ISD does a great job of pre-screening for us,” she said, adding that some of the staff were recipients of glasses when they were in school, making it all the more memorable.

Nixson works at a business here in Commerce and said one of her greatest joys was seeing one of the children who received a pair of glasses where she worked.

“She said ‘That’s the lady from the Lions Club!’ and gave me a big hug,” she said.