Success Stories From Lions
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"The lady was crying and I could hear her husband in the background telling me I was an angel.”
Last year, while Gail Peterson-Latipow was helping with a vision screening at a senior center in Lompoc, an elderly couple came in. They were in their 80s and they were having a tough time getting information because they were living out of their car.
Gail got their contact information and through her club, the Vandenberg Village Lions, they were able to get new eyeglasses.
While Gail was talking to the lady on the phone, she noticed she was having trouble hearing. She had once had a hearing aid, it turned out, but it was broken and she couldn’t afford to replace it.
Gail emailed LSH to see if we could help, and to her astonishment, she got a call back within half an hour. “I got the application and I got the information from the couple,” she recalls. “They were qualified for help the same day. I couldn’t believe it. When I called to let them know, the lady was crying and I could hear her husband in the background telling me I was an angel.”
Gail has done a lot of work over the years with social service agencies and with Lions Clubs. But this experience was special. “It’s such a beautiful story – it was the easiest referral I’ve ever been involved in. It really brought home to me the value of what LSH does.”
Now Gail’s goal is to get more people in the Central Coast area involved. “People who need this help just need to be found, made aware, and referred,” she notes. “Unless you’ve talked to a person who needs this help, you can’t understand the magnitude of what LSH provides.”