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Geranium fundraiser to support Lions eye care clinics in Mexico

The Detroit Lakes Lions Club is holding its annual geranium fundraiser to help support the two eye care mission trips members take each year.

Each year Lions volunteer their time in Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan, Mexico, to bring free eye care clinics to the poor people of Mexico.

In January, six local Lions — Armand and Mari Radke, Jim and Carol Granger and Pat and Gary Doele — traveled to Cabo, where they helped more than 800 people, checking their eye sight and giving them glasses if needed.

“We had sent a bus down to Mazatlan,” Armand Radke said, “so some glasses were sent over from Mazatlan.”

The bus was a donated one from the United States that the Lions Club filled with glasses rather than having to transport numerous bags each year via the airplane.

So for their trip to Cabo this year, the Lions members only had to bring equipment and eye drops, a much lighter load.

Radke said the trip went well, but it was taxing to see that many people in a couple days for the six workers. The local Cabo San Lucas Lions also helped.

Then a different group of Lions Club members and volunteers traveled to Mazaltan in March, where they helped about 1,300 people in three days. On that trip, Radke said two young doctors helped him — his son, Phillip, and Krystal Long.

To support those mission trips, the Lions are selling geranium planters for $25. The 12-inch planters come from Bergen’s Greenhouse and are available for pick up as of May 10.

To purchase a geranium planter, contact Radke at 846-1949.

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