In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions Club members to become “Knights for the Blind.”

Members accepted Keller’s challenge and ever since, many local and international Lion’s Clubs have played a central role in supporting eye banks in their communities.

Debbie Stone, director of the Lone Star Lions Eye Bank and incoming president of the Killeen Evening Lions Club, was the Heights’ club’s guest speaker May 28.

Central Texas districts 2-53, 2-55, and 2-X3 are in the charitable mission of sight restoration and support the Lone Star Eye Bank, which was established in 1974.

Lone Star Lions Eye Bank is a Texas nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of sight through the collection, processing and distribution of human ocular tissue, progress in medicine through the support of research and the sponsorship of educational programs for the medical community and general public.

“The Seton Medical Center provided the eye bank it’s first home,” Stone said adding that St. David’s Medical Center and Scott & White Hospital also hosted it.

Since 2001, the eye bank has operated from a freestanding facility in Manor that houses offices and laboratories.

The eye bank operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing the best quality of eye tissue possible to transplant surgeons. Lone Star Lions Eye Bank first provides tissue to local surgeons, then statewide, nationwide and internationally.

“The mission statement for the eye bank is to raise donor awareness in Central Texas,” she said. “Donations help restore sight by providing the best possible corneal tissue.”

A financial gift can be made in honor of a person, or simply as a one-time donation. For more information, call Stone at 254-702-5775 or go to

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