The Winona Noon Lions will be selling their top-quality brooms this Friday, October 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from Saturday, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This long-running tradition of Lions selling brooms dates back when the brooms were produced by visually impaired individuals. Once persons with disabilities became mainstreamed into the regular workforce, Lions continued the practice of selling brooms, since sight preservation is one of our mainstay missions.

In 1925, Helen Keller spoke to the Lions at the International Convention and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind.” At this convention, sight was adopted as one of our missions.

Although Lions have numerous worldwide missions — such as children’s cancer, vision, hearing, diabetes, human services and many more — about 85 cents of every dollar raised in our fundraising efforts stays within our local community. A few of our local concerns are construction of an all-inclusive playground and pavilion, providing eyeglasses and testing for low income school children, providing meals for needy on Christmas, providing vision screenings for young children through our SightFirst Program and much more.

So upgrade that old tattered broom standing in the corner of your garage or basement and put your investment where the profits can help serve our local community. Remember, every cent of every dollar raised by the Lions goes to our service projects.

Thank you for supporting Lions projects in Winona since 1935.