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Donate Items at May 31, 2018 Regional PDT

The Community Service Committee is again
collecting donations at the May 31, 2018 Regional
PDT Bentley University.  Donation boxes will be
located near the registration desk.

These donations will be used to benefit following
agencies in our area:

The Lions Club is collecting used eyeglasses;

Area food banks will receive non perishable food
items;

Interfaith Social Services in Quincy will get the
gently used Business attire;

A local animal shelter will receive the pet supplies.

A more detailed description of these programs
follows.  Thank you in advance for your assistance
in this matter.

Lions Clubs International Eyeglass Recycling
Campaign:

Millions of children and adults in developing nations
lack access to basic eye care services and
corrective lenses. Poor vision profoundly affects
their quality of life. For children, vision loss can lead
to failure in school, delays in development, learning
disabilities and even juvenile delinquency.  For
adults, uncorrected vision can lead to
unemployment and the inability to support a family.
Seniors with vision loss are limited in performing
daily activities, depriving them of an independent
lifestyle.

Throughout the year, Lions, Leos and other
volunteers collect used eyeglasses for donation to
Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers that are located
around the world. The used eyeglasses are cleaned
and classified by prescription. Trained Lions
volunteers and other organizations hosting optical
missions in developing countries then distribute the
glasses to those in need.

Non Perishable Food Donations:

Donations of non perishable food items will go to
local food banks.  The most desired food items
include:

Dairy: Milk - dried, evaporated, and boxed (such as
Parmalat)
Protein: Beef stew, nuts, peanut butter, beans, and
peas (dried or canned), chili, tuna fish, chicken,
salmon (canned)
Vegetables: Tomato sauce, diced tomatoes,
spaghetti sauce, vegetables (canned), tomato juice
Fruit: Raisins and other dried fruit, applesauce, any
canned fruit in its own juice
Grains: Crackers, oatmeal, whole grain rice, all types
of pasta, ready to eat low sugar/high fiber cereal
(Cheerios, Raisin Bran, etc.)

Clothing Donations:

This year the committee is also collecting gently
used Business Attire.  Donations should be clean,
pressed and ready to wear. Some appropriate items
include: skirts, dresses, blouses, pantsuits, men’s
suits, dress shirts, slacks, ties, shoes, etc.  They will
then be given to the Career Closet of Interfaith Social
Services in Quincy.  Please check out their website
at http://www.interfaithsocialservices.
org/network/career-closet .  

Pet Supplies:

Donations are gratefully accepted on behalf of the
cats and dogs in a local shelter.  Here are some
items from their “wish list”:

Cat Food – When considering the nutritional needs
of the cats in foster care, Friskies canned food and
Purina One dry adult cat food are preferred.

Cat Treats – The cats love any kind of treat!

Clumping Cat Litter

Dog Food – When considering the nutritional needs
of the dogs in foster care, Purina and Beneful are
preferred.
Memorial Day Flag Garden

The Massachusetts Military Heroes
Fund’s signature community building
event happens May 23 – 28, 2018.  
The Boston Chapter wants to join
hundreds of volunteers in helping to
create a majestic garden of flags on
Boston Common for Memorial Day
weekend.  Each of the 37,000 flags
planted at the Soldiers and Sailors
Monument will represent every brave
Massachusetts service member who
gave his or her life defending our
country since the Revolutionary War.
The completed garden is a
breathtaking tribute to the true
meaning of Memorial Day and a
powerful message of community
support to the families of these fallen
heroes that their sacrifices will never
be forgotten.

Volunteers are needed to help plant
the flags on May 23, 2018, attend the
name reading ceremony on May 25,
watch the flags over the Memorial Day
weekend and take the flags down on
May 28th.   If you are interested in
helping please contact Karen Payne at
karen.l.payne@state.ma.us  More
details will be available in the May
newsletter.