The Noon Lions Club recently presented a donation to the United Way of Central Kansas to help bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Great Bend.
“Literacy is the foundation for learning,” said club member LaVerne Lessor, explaining the club’s decision to help fund this project.
Entertainer Dolly Parton started the Imagination Library to provide free books to young children in her home county in Tennessee. By bringing this program to Great Bend, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will provide a free book each month for children from birth to 5 years old who reside in the 67530 zip code.
Anyone interested in assisting in bringing this program to Great Bend may send a donation to UWCK, 1125 Williams St., Great Bend, KS 67530.
The Lions Club has been a part of Great Bend for 100 years and does annual fundraisers to support various programs and agencies in the community. Fundraisers include an annual spaghetti dinner in October and a concession stand at the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo in April. Some of the causes supported are the Family Crisis Center, Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas, and scholarships to a Great Bend High School senior.
The main focus for the Lion’s Club is vision. Members provide glasses for students in the community who are in need.