How Many More Do You Think We Served?

So far this year, Friends in Sight has made return trips for the Lions clubs in Santa Paula, Pasadena, and Santa Ana. Plus, we served three new communities: Fontana, Beaumont, and Escondido.

More clubs across Southern California Districts are getting ready for their scheduled events. Events that are coming to restore vision and prevent blindness for those most in need. 

In Our Return to Santa Ana 333 People Were Served!



people needing eyeglasses got eyeglasses. FREE


people now see clearly for the first time with their first pair of eyeglasses.


of the people served were children.


mostly seniors, were identified with possible vision threatening disease and advised to seek care.

Santa Ana Host Lions Club

OC Central Lions Club

Tustin Host Lions Club 

Santa Ana Unified School District

This return demonstrates just how much can be accomplished when community organizations and eyecare professionals partner with area Lions Clubs to serve people who can’t afford vision screening services and eyeglasses. 

Club membership was mobilized with a plan that reached out to the most vulnerable in their communities. OC Central Lions Club Chairperson, Dennis Tortora, noted that the clubs cast a wide net reaching out to several diverse community groups with bilingual communications, to spread awareness of the event including:

  • Churches (Catholic, Methodist, Episcopalian, & Presbyterian)
  • Sikh Center
  • Laundromats
  • Senior Centers
  • 211 Orange County (Social Services Organization)
  • Isiah House (Shelter for Abused)
  • Food Banks
  • Homeless Centers
  • Santa Ana Unified School District (Digital for in class TV and printed flyers)
  • Tustin Unified School District (Digital for in class TV and printed flyers)

In addition to this, the schools sent flyers home to parents electronically and distributed print copies. The results were a resounding success!

A total of 16 optometrists and opticians gave up a day in their practice to volunteer in Santa Ana. All this, plus 75 mostly Lions volunteers representing 17 different clubs, made it possible to serve 333 people in one day.

As the word of our service spreads, more Lions are coming forward with a desire to participate. At this event we had 15 Seal Beach Lions sign-up for training with a 100% positive engagement and interest in doing more.

"Our vision screenings ​solve serious problems in people's lives. We help students read, workers keep jobs, parents and grandparents raise children, families drive safely - all by providing free recycled eyeglasses."

Lynn Davis, Santa Ana Host Lions Club

Thanks to all of those who helped fund the first of two vans! You put us closer to our goal of replacing both transport vehicles by June 2023. Please tell others in your community about our mission and the need. With the help of neighbors and local businesses, we can reach the much needed goal of replacing both of our vans!

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California Lions Friends in Sight


P.O. Box 7 Beaumont, CA 92223

E-mail: info@californialionsfriendsinsight.org

Telephone: 951-845-4559

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