Big Rapids Lions support optometry student organization

SUPPORTING STUDENTS: The Big Rapids Lions Club presented a check for $2,000 to SVOSH, the student branch of Michigan Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, at Ferris State University. Pictured are Dr. Dan Wrubel, faculty liaison to the SVOSH program; Lion President Jim Chipman; optometry students Jaclyn Tolles and Abigail Contreras; and Lions Club member Bruce Fredrick. (Courtesy photo)

SUPPORTING STUDENTS: The Big Rapids Lions Club presented a check for $2,000 to SVOSH, the student branch of Michigan Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, at Ferris State University. Pictured are Dr. Dan Wrubel, faculty liaison to the SVOSH program; Lion President Jim Chipman; optometry students Jaclyn Tolles and Abigail Contreras; and Lions Club member Bruce Fredrick. (Courtesy photo)

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BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids Lions Club presented a check for $2,000 to SVOSH, the student branch of Michigan Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, at Ferris State University.

As part of their optometry studies at Ferris, students have an opportunity to participate in mission trips to other countries and assist with eye care for the citizens of those countries. As in past years, students will be traveling this year to Peru, Dominica, Mexico and Honduras on these trips.

In addition to students, the mission trips include Michigan College of Optometry faculty optometrists, alumni and other volunteers. Last year, more than 1,000 eye exams were performed and approximately 1,000 pairs of glasses were dispensed to needy individuals on each of the five trips.

Used glasses are cleaned and sorted by SVOSH students for these trips. The public is encouraged to donate their used glasses at any of the Lions Club donation boxes found at 16 locations throughout Big Rapids and Canadian Lakes or directly at the School of Optometry.

In addition to their volunteer mission trips, students in the program assist the Lions with the operation of the concession stand at Top Taggart Field during the fall football season.

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