The Franklin Lions Club in partnership with Ruby Cinemas, provides movies twice a week throughout the summer for kids and their families as well as summer camp participants at no charge. The program has been offered for many years, occurring two days a week. Two movies are shown twice a day and new ones are offered every week. Thousands of young people and adults have taken advantage of this free summer program.
To acknowledge the dedication of Ruby Cinema and owners, Harvey Gibbs and Jim Dzurus, Franklin Lions donated monies to Care Network, and Habitat for Humanity, in their honor. Both agencies help families in Macon County in times of crisis.
Franklin Lions provide vision screening to all school age children, first through eighth grade, in Macon County at no cost to the family or school. They also provide glasses to those families who cannot afford them. The Lions also have a Santa Pal program where they take approximately 35 kids under the age of 12 shopping for clothes, and then each child gets a visit from Santa and receives a bag of toys in co-operation with Toys for Tots. The club also provides shutin food baskets to seniors each year. The Franklin Lions also give $5,000 worth of scholarships to area high school seniors.
The Franklin Lions raise money all year long to provide these and other services to the people of Macon County. They sponsor the 4th of July BBQ, have Santa Pal collection spots at Kmart, Tractor Supply and Bi- Lo each winter, and sell raffle tickets for Camp Dogwood. All monies collected by the Franklin Lions Club remain in our community. If you would be interested in helping or contributing, call Club President Ruth Hensz-Stilwell at (828)369-8285.