Tree of Light –
Last Friday in November each year (November 25, 2016)
Helen Keller presented Lions with a challenge in 1925 to become “Knights of the blind”. As a result Lions clubs around the world have taken on a variety of sight related projects. For example . . .
The Strathroy – Caradoc Lions Club’s first target for funding by this project was the purchase of an ophthalmology Chair for the emergency room at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. It is now in use for eye care in our area!!!
In subsequent years we have installed lockable bicycle racks, wheelchair accessible picnic tables at three parks, and laser cut steel benches in the downtown core.
There is a large evergreen tree beside the Strathroy town hall that we decorate with strings of lights during December.
We “sell” each light for a minimum donation of $5.00. Lights are purchased in the name of someone who has ‘brought light’ into the life of the donor. That person could be living or deceased: such as a family member or close friend, a community member who has done something significant for the donor or others, a veteran, or anyone who is important to you.
A “memory card” is completed with the donor’s and recipient’s names and then placed on a “memory display” located in the foyer of the library / museum. The donor receives a “donor card” that they can complete and do with as they choose. They can enclose it in a seasonal card and send it to the recipient or their family, or they can hang it from their Christmas tree as a family gift ornament. A sponsor is given a poster to place in their business window.