Every year Knowle and Dorridge Lions, like many of the 47,000 Lions Clubs throughout the world, make a donation to the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) from the funds we raise. The Foundation is then able to muster immediate responses to natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
Recently hurricane Matthew affected several areas, including the Caribbean and the United States. It was the deadliest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since 2005. Many main roads are impassible and many bridges have been washed away. Food and drinking water are in short supply and many of those who need aid the most are still waiting for it to arrive.
When disaster strikes, Lions are among the first to offer help to the victims, even though they are often victims themselves. LCIF is right there beside them, ready to support their efforts with funding assistance through Lions disaster relief programs. Working together, LCIF, local Lions and Lions leaders assess the urgent needs and quickly deliver the aid most required by victims.
LCIF awarded an initial Emergency grant to Haiti to address immediate needs of disaster victims. Lions and Leos from Port-au-Prince traveled to Petit-Goâve to work with clubs there. Together, they have packed and distributed over 2,000 relief kits of medicine and food to residents in need.
LCIF has also awarded an Emergency grant to the Lions in North Carolina, USA. Lions there are braving the conditions to bring much needed food, water, blankets and medical supplies to those affected most by the storm.