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Lions Club helps LARC keep doors open

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 Special to the Beacon

Betty Walker, executive director of LARC, attended the Cedar Key Lions Club on Oct. 25, to thank the Lions for their financial support and to remind the community of the fundraising needs of LARC, the Levy County Association for Retarded Citizens.

Walker said LARC's ability to serve its clients has been severely hampered by state and federal government cutbacks. The non-profit group provides an important service to adults in Levy County with severe mental, developmental and physical disabilities.  

She said LARC's furniture stripping and restoring enterprise, as well as their recycled rag program, provide jobs and activities for some of the most challenged citizens.

In addition to job training, basic daily living skills and self-care skills — such as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, knowing how to dial 911, what to do when you are lost, and other simple tasks that we all take for granted, improve the lifestyles, promote self-worth and instill confidence in the people LARC serves,

The public can support LARC's work by sending a donation to: LARC, P.O. Box 86, Otter Creek, FL 32683.

For more information on LARC, call 352-486-4293.