The Riverside Township Lions Club will join Lions Clubs around the state for Candy Days, which will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 8 and 9. Candy Days, held annually in October, annually raise more than $1 million to help the blind, visually impaired, deaf and hearing impaired.

On Candy Days, Riverside Township Lions and volunteers give away candy and accept donations on street corners and in shopping areas and other public areas in Riverside and North Riverside.  Candy Days have been in existence since 1952. Lions throughout the state join forces to raise funds, which are used either locally or statewide to benefit the blind, visually impaired, deaf and hearing impaired.

The statewide projects are administered through the charitable arm of the state’s more than 700 Lions Clubs. These programs include hearing screenings for children and adults; used eyeglasses collections; vision screenings; and Camp Lions for visually and/or hearing impaired children and adults.

Locally, donations are given to such groups as Boy Scouts as well as to specific organizations and funds. Financial support also is provided to a number of activities affiliated with Lions Clubs International; as well as to local eye care and ear care efforts.

Organizations serving Riverside Township that received donations this year include the North Riverside and Riverside public libraries to purchase materials for the hearing-impaired and visually-impaired; Boy Scout Troops 24 and 92; Explorer Posts 126 and 390; People Care in Riverside; the Riverside Township Food Pantry; Girl Scout Troops 1020 and 657; the Riverside Historical Commission; the North Riverside Historical Society; the Riverside Friends of July 4th; All in for Ethan; and the Riverside Arts Center.

Other west suburban organizations receiving donations this year include Pillars in Berwyn; Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center in Countryside; Scottish Home in North Riverside; Seguin Services Inc. in Cicero; and the Aging Care Connections in La Grange.

In addition, donations were given this year to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, Second Sense, Hadley School for the Blind, Chicago Hearing Society, the Illinois Eye Bank; the Fisher House at Hines VA Hospital; and Dogs for the Deaf.

A donation also was made to the Lions Governor’s Fund.

Submitted by the Riverside Township Lions Club.