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May 2, 2014

White Cane

McALESTER — Members of the McAlester Lions Club manned a table outside Tractor Supply April 25 for a White Cane fundraiser. Eleven Lions, including pictured from left, Tom Crowl, and Neal Wood, collected over $170 for sight-saving projects and collected 14 pairs of used eyeglasses for recycling. Free mints and informational handouts were also part of the booth. White cane laws giving blind persons legal status in traffic today are on the books in every U.S. state and many other countries, largely due to the adoption of the issue by Lions Clubs International. In 1930, the Peoria, Illinois Lions Club was the first to champion white cane distribution. Overwhelming acceptance of the white cane idea by the blind and sighted alike quickly gave cane users a unique method of identifying their special need for travel consideration among their sighted counterparts. The white cane now universally acknowledges that the bearer is blind.

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