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Published March 29, 2011, 10:25 PM

Lions Club Donation Makes Reading Easier

Do you ever get frustrated when you can't quite make out the words to your favorite book? A donation is making things a bit clearer.

Do you ever get frustrated when you cannot quite make out the words to your favorite book?

This frustration is typical for some residents at Wheatland Terrace Assisted Living, but a donation is making things a bit clearer for residents like Iona Thompson.

"I used to read all the time. Not much anymore," said Thompson.

After cataract surgery in both eyes, she said she had to give it up.

"I do have troubles reading the fine print. It's just about impossible," she said.

Not anymore with the help of a digital video magnifier. A gift to Wheatland Terrace from the Red River Lions Club, making it the first in Grand Forks.

"As they are aging particularly they miss seeing pictures of their grandkids, reading return addresses and other things," said Donna Iszler with the Lions Club.

The 20-pound machine kind of works like a photo projector. You put down a book, newspaper or photo and a tiny camera underneath sees it and magnifies it on a TV screen.

"Once we show someone how to use it they should be able to come in and use it all the time. No need for them to be afraid of it," said Lavonne Brown, Activities Coordinator, noting how user-friendly it is.

The video magnifier is usually about $3,200. The price is nothing to bat an eye at when you it helps you see some pretty important sights.

"Oh, these are pictures of my great grandchildren," said Thompson with a smile.

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