At the 1925 International Convention of Lions, Helen Keller challenged the collected delegates to become “Knights of the Blind” and “to make the lives of the blind more worthwhile everywhere by . . . giving them the joy of normal activity.” For a few weeks each year for over three decades, the Deep Creek Lake Lions have done just that by bringing visually impaired children to the Deep Creek Lake area to enjoy activities that most fully-sighted property owners take for granted.
During the winter, the students ski at the Wisp with the assistance of special equipment and local high school and adult volunteers. They also enjoy hearty breakfasts prepared by the Lions Club and pizza dinners where they trade stories from the slopes with the club members and each other.
During the summer, the club sets up tents for the students at Deep Creek Lake State Park, where they spend the days tubing on the lake and the nights roasting marshmallows by the fire. Local attractions also donate their facilities to allow the students to experience the fun of the mountain coaster, bumper cars and go-carts.
Other Community Service
In addition to these programs, the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club also assists local vision-impaired citizens with eyeglasses and doctor bills, supports local causes and manages the community park on Bumble Bee Road.
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We provide financial assistance to local residents in need for vision- and hearing-related medical expenses. Visit the Garrett County Health Department for the form which they will help you fill out and get to us.