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Fargo Lions to dish free floats at Cruisin' Broadway

The Fargo Lions Club has been providing community service and saving sight for the last 90 years. In celebration of those 90 years, the club will be part of "Cruisin' Broadway" in downtown Fargo, Thursday, June 2.

Take your used eyeglasses to donate, or just be there and enjoy a free ice cream float. The club will be collecting eyeglasses, including sunglasses, and distributing free ice cream floats in the U.S. Bank Plaza from 5 to 9 p.m.

The club is making an extra push for used eyeglasses right now because of a mission trip planned for Mexico next year. Used eyeglasses are cleaned and repaired, the prescription is read and eyeglasses are bagged and boxed for people in need of the gift of sight.

"The Fargo Lions Club, throughout its 90-year history, has always met in downtown Fargo, so what better place to celebrate our birthday than downtown at Cruisin' Broadway," Fargo Lions President Mike Gallagher said.

Fargo Lions incoming President Bob Ames added, "Our club does a lot for the community, and the community continuously shows a lot of support for us. What better way than to 'serve-up' some free ice cream floats as our way of saying thank you to the community we serve."

Lions Clubs throughout the area are active in working to eliminate preventable blindness. Clubs do eye testing in area schools, make arrangements for people to receive eyeglasses and provide equipment that helps people see. Lions are known as "Knights of the Blind," a name bestowed on the group by Helen Keller.