“Thanks, It’s – um – Just What I Needed”

A good friend of mine recently received a Birthday gift that on the surface was very thoughtful, but from a practical standpoint was…not really needed.

“It was very generous and the spirit of the gift was much appreciated,” they said.


“But I already have five 2018 wall calendars.”

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to give someone for a Birthday, an Anniversary, to express congratulations or to honor someone for an accomplishment. Flowers are nice, but they don’t last. Candy or sweet treats are sometimes great, but who knows if they conflict with someone’s dietary needs, right?

With her Birthday coming up recently, Lion Betty Levenhagen of Salem recently came up with a great idea.

“I had people asking me about how to donate to the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation. And I didn’t need any new plants that I had to go outside and dig a hole for. So I put 2 and 2 together.”

Betty created a Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook and enough people honored Betty with gifts that her fundraising goal was doubled. “It was really cool.”

One doesn’t need a Facebook account to follow Betty’s lead with a Birthday Fundraiser. If you’d like information on how to create your own Birthday Fundraiser to support the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) we can help set one up in a way that works for you: On the OLSHF Facebook page, in the Oregon Lion Magazine, in an email campaign to OLSHF’s database or to your own contact list, there are many ways to do this.

The best part is you’ll be supporting critical sight and hearing services for those in need. Eye exams and new eyeglasses for those that can’t afford them. A hearing exam and affordable hearing aids for a senior on a fixed income. Vision screenings that identify children that could be seeing, reading, and learning to their full potential. Your fundraiser will help in so many ways and will help “Keep the Promise” that Lions made to Helen Keller back in 1925.

Oh, and one more thing:

You won’t have to go outside and dig a hole to bury all those wall calendars you don’t need.

For information on how to create your own Birthday Fundraiser and avoid digging holes, contact Doug at DougT@OLSHF.org or call him at (503) 413-8385. And Happy Birthday!

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