Big Rapids Lions support SVOSH at Ferris State University

The Big Rapids Lions Club presented a check for $2,500 to Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity at Ferris State University, the student branch of Michigan Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. Pictured are James Kaltz, SVOSH treasurer; Dr. Dan Wrubel, faculty advisor; Tom Samuel, Lions Club president; and Luke Lirones, SVOSH president. (Courtesy photo)

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BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids Lions Club presented a check for $2,500 to Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity at Ferris State University, the student branch of Michigan Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity.

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 travel this year to Peru, Dominica and Honduras on these trips. In addition to students, the mission trips include Michigan College of Optometry faculty optometrists, alumni and other volunteers.

Used glasses are cleaned and sorted by SVOSH students for these trips. During the trips, individuals from school age up to 75 years old are seen by staff and students. 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 FSU 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. The Lions are very grateful for their assistance.

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