Name: Ed Gruel and his wife, Adelaide
Organization: Sun City Lions Club
Involved for: Ed for three years, Adelaide for one year
Position: Ed is president. Adelaide is a member.
The Lions Club. The Sun City Lions Club provides glasses for people who can't afford them. We help put on Camp Leo. We screened 2,400 kids for vision problems in the Bluffton schools last year. We also support Backpack Buddies. We have about 12 people involved in that at Michael C. Riley Elementary School. We collect used eyeglasses and take them to Columbia, where they can be salvaged or recycled. We delivered over 2,000 eyeglasses and 20 sets of hearing aids from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. We support a number of charities at a financial level. We provide a couple of scholarships. We're also looking at a reading program for kids one or two years behind where they should be. And we also want to help shut-ins.
Second Helpings. I also volunteer with Second Helpings, and a number of Lions do it. I'm there every other Saturday. We pick up from five supermarkets in the Bluffton area and deliver to Mercy Ministries of the Lowcountry, which is in Hardeeville. And we also deliver to a place called The Agape Family Life Center. It's another food bank.
A responsibility as humans. One thing about this neck of the woods is there are far more needs than you can satisfy. Maybe that's our job, in part -- at least as people and as Lions -- to take on as a responsibility, but it's a responsibility whether you're a Lion or not, just at a human level. In a Biblical sense, we're responsible. There's a couple of passages somewhere: "That which you do unto the least of these" or something. Some people prefer a Biblical reference. Simply put, we're doing OK. We've had a pretty good life. Well, we're still having it. There's no reason we can't afford something, in terms of time and effort, to help other people that don't have that opportunity or haven't had the opportunity.
Step forward. You can always think about what's out there, but until you start doing something about it, nothing changes much. Worrying about it isn't going to change anything. So I think we need to step forward and do something.
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