In a couple weeks the Greenfield Lions Club will open the annual candy store, as it is one of the club’s best fundraisers and helps to fund the club’s causes in the community.
The annual candy store fundraiser will have its grand opening on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 25 and will be open for business throughout December, according to information provided by the Lions Club. This year the store will be located at 337 Jefferson St., next to Greenfield Music. It will be open every Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store will remain open during the annual Greenfield Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3.
More than 30 varieties of candy will be available along with several sugar-free options as well. According to Susan Long of the Lions Club, churches and organizations wanting to place orders may call 937-981-4931 or 937-876-9356 now. Candy orders would become available after the opening of the store.
“The Greenfield Lions Club is a service organization that supports a number of local needs,” as stated in the club-supplied information. “The club provides local individuals assistance with obtaining eye exams and glasses. Other sight initiatives include eye exams by Ohio State University optometry students for all Greenfield Exempted Village kindergarten students and screenings for early detection of amblyopia (commonly known as lazy eye) for all local area preschool children.”
Long said that when amblyopia is caught early enough, it can be corrected. The ideal time to do the testing is with pre-k children.
According to Long, the club is currently investing in its own amblyopia detection device. It is a several-thousand dollar investment, she said, but as the club in years past has borrowed an aging machine to do the exams, it was thought that “it would be a value to the club” to purchase its own machine.
With its funds, the Greenfield Lions Club also “makes donations to the Pilot Dog training facility in Columbus and to local organizations to assist with their service projects. The club conducts fundraisers such as the candy store throughout the year to support these endeavors,” according to the information.
Old eyeglasses and hearing aids can be dropped off at the candy store during the holiday season, as the Lions Club recycles these items for people that need them, but can’t afford them.
For more information about the Greenfield, Ohio Lions Club, visit its Facebook page or email [email protected] To find out more about the global Lions Club organization, go to lionsclub.org.
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