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Lions Club seeks clearer vision with upcoming White Cane campaign

October 16, 2012

Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle (far left) has proclaimed Saturday as “White Cane Day" in Punxsutawney. Members of the Punxsutawney Lions Club will be in front of Central and Lindsey fire halls collecting money to help assist people who can't afford eyeglasses to purchase new pairs. Pictured are (from left): Wehrle; Joe Sikora Sr., Lions Club member; Harold Pearce, Lions Club member; Mike Ruffner, Lions Club president; and Denny Rebuck, Lions Club secretary.

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you're driving around town Saturday and come upon a group of men who are in the road holding huge white canes, be advised it's the Punxsutawney Lions Club's annual "White Cane Day" collection.

"'White Cane Day' is an annual event that the Punxsy Lions Club has held for a number of years," said Mike Ruffner, president of the Punxsutawney Lions Club.

Joe Sikora Sr., Lions Club member, said there are quite a few people who can't afford to purchase eyeglasses, and the Lions Club offers the program to assist those individuals.

He said the large white canes represent smaller ones used by visually impaired people.

"Every year, we stand out in front of Central and Lindsey fire halls collecting with our white canes in order to purchase brand new eyeglasses for area residents,” Ruffner said, which is not to be confused with the Lions Club's ongoing collection of used eyeglasses throughout Punxsy in specially-marked mail boxes.

Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle has proclaimed Saturday as "White Cane Day" in Punxsy.

"I appreciate all the work the Lions Club does for those who are in need of new or replacement glasses," Wehrle said.

Ruffner said all motorists will have to do Saturday is pull up to the Lions' two locations and place donations inside the large white canes.

"We'll have a little something that we'll be passing out to the people who contribute to 'White Cane Day' at our two locations," Ruffner said, adding that the collection will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sikora said anyone who would like more information about the Lions' eyeglasses program should call him at 938-9310.

Ruffner said 100 percent of the money collected will go toward purchasing new eyeglasses for people in the Punxsy area; all the money stays right here in town.

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