Lions help WWII vet see with magnifying device

Courtesy photoPictured with a visual aid magnifier, purchased by the Newburyport Lions Club, are Lion Bob LaFrance, left, and World War II veteran Bob Folsom.

NEWBURYPORT – The Newburyport Lions Club and the Massachusetts Lions District Visual Aid Association were recently able to provide Bob Folsom, a World War II veteran from Newburyport, with a Merlin CCTV Visual Aid Magnifier. 

This device was provided by the Lions Club at no charge. Folsom suffers from macular degeneration and is considered legally blind by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind.

With the Merlin Magnifier, Folsom is now able to gain some independence. With this renewed ability to read, he can read his mail, pay bills, read directions and complete other tasks. 

Anyone who has a friend, neighbor or relative who has been classified as legally blind and who might benefit from a Merlin Magnifier can call Lion and club visual aid Chairman Bob LaFrance at 978-270-3951 for more information.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Lions Club can attend a monthly meeting, held on the second and fourth Mondays each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Starboard Galley, 55 Water St., Newburyport.