Payson Lions Need Help Fighting Measles

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Payson Lions are always working to make a difference in the community — the community they call home and the community of the world.

The club has two different opportunities for Rim Country residents to help others. One is through the tax credit program offered through the state, the other is an international effort to end measles.

Payson Lions Charitable Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving the needs of Payson and surrounding communities with eye exams, glasses, hearing assistance and other community services.

It qualifies as a charitable organization under the State of Arizona Working Poor tax credit. It is not in competition with the school tax credit. Donors can give to both. How does it work?

Contact Lion Bill Davis regarding the form needed to make the donation.

More Lions work

Payson Lions are collaborating with the Measles Initiative partners, a global collaboration of leading public health agencies, to rescue children from measles. In 2010, Lions and Lions Club International Foundation, with a challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and support from local ministries of health and other Measles Initiative partners, provided immunizations for more than 41 million children in Africa.

Donations to the “One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative” sponsored by Lions Club International Foundation, have reached $5 million and halfway to the club’s $10 million goal.

Measles is one of the world’s deadliest vaccine preventable diseases: 450 children die each day. Many others suffer from severe complications, including blindness, brain damage and hearing loss.

To help Payson Lions in this effort, call (928) 474-2176 or (928) 474-9201. Make checks payable to “Payson Lions Charitable Foundation,” designated for the “One Shot, One Life” initiative and mail to P.O. Box 436, Payson, AZ 85547. All such donations received go directly to the initiative.

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