Middletown, N.J. – The Lions Club of Middletown Township is asking members of the local community to support the ‘White Cane’ Drive, a charitable initiative which raises money to assist blind and visually-impaired individuals. ‘White Canes’ are assistive devices used by the blind to guide them when walking. Funds raised will be specifically dedicated to providing devices for those in need.

On Saturday, April 10th, Lions will be stationed at Foodtown in Port Monmouth, located on Highway 36, to accept donations. Anyone who donates will receive a miniature ‘White Cane’ as a token of appreciation. Lions will also collect on Saturday, April 24th at Foodtown in Hazlet, located on Highway 35. Collection hours are 9-4:00 p.m.

Club representatives will also be on hand to accept donations of used eyeglasses and to discuss membership in the organization. Anyone wishing to make a donation for the ‘White Cane’ Drive can do so by sending a check made payable to the Lions Club of Middletown Township, P.O. Box 75, Middletown, N.J., 07748. The words ‘White Cane’ should be listed in the memo. The last collection day will take place on Saturday, May 22nd at ShopRite, Route 35, Middletown. A video of the club’s last ‘White Cane’ Drive  is available at YouTube.com/alsiano.

The Lions Club of Middletown Township, chartered in 1946 under Lions International, is comprised of caring men and women who volunteer time for the benefit of local communities. Information is available by viewing the website www.mlions.org. Lions International is the largest service organization in the world with over 1.3 million members worldwide in over 200 countries. The club supports initiatives including sight preservation, prevention of blindness, health screenings, nutrition programs and food pantries, and additional charitable programs which assist individuals and families with special needs. Membership is by invitation. The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet, Union Square Mall in Middletown.