Lions Clubs International
Oak Brook, Illinois, USA — Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is mobilizing more than US$200,000 to immediately support Lions’ disaster relief efforts following severe storms and tornados in Oklahoma, USA. These funds represent donations from generous Lions around the world and allow the Lions of Oklahoma to meet immediate needs in their communities by providing materials such as food, water, blankets and first aid supplies.
To help the people affected by the storm, local Oklahoma Lions clubs traveled to affected towns to provide needed supplies. A Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit was also used to provide immediate help where it was needed most. And, as cleanup efforts begin, Lions are helping to clear debris from the devastated towns, including the help of LCIF Chairperson Wing-Kun Tam.
“When I visited Oklahoma, Lions showed me the awful and vast destruction that the storms had caused. But, they also showed me the spirit that makes Lions clubs special – the spirit of service and helping others in times of need,” said Wing-Kun Tam, LCIF Chairperson. “I am proud to be a Lion, and know that Lions will be there as members of the community for the long-term rebuilding efforts.”
The effects of the storms have been enormous. The initial tornado occurred May 20, 2013, killing 23 people and injuring 377 others, and causing incredible damage to buildings in the area. On May 31, 2013, another group of storms passed through the area, causing more tornadoes and damage, killing 10 people and injuring 115 others.
“As we continue to help families with immediate needs, we are working to identify more hands-on opportunities,” said Lion Troy Jenkins, chairperson of the 3-H Disaster Committee and executive director of the Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation, in an email.
“With over 1,000 families affected in Moore alone, not to mention the families in Carney, Fallis, Little Axe…there is a lot of help to give!” continued Lion Troy. “Thank you for reaching out to us. The amount of concern, prayers, and support from LCI, LCIF, and Lions throughout the country and beyond, has been nothing short of amazing!”
Non-local Lions are also doing their part: many Lions are either contributing funds or volunteering to assist the impacted areas.
Lions have a long history of providing disaster relief to areas most affected by disaster. Anyone wishing to help continue this legacy may donate to LCIF’s disaster fund. All donations are eligible for Melvin Jones Fellowship recognition. Donations can be made online by selecting “Disaster Relief.” For questions regarding donations, please contact LCIF at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 203-3836.
Donations from U.S. residents are tax deductible. Donations from individuals living outside of the United States are tax deductible as permitted by the individual's country tax laws. Although LCIF is not equipped to handle material donations, please feel free to use the Lion-2-Lion Resource Assistance Database (Lion-2-Lion Assistance) to make donations of this sort directly to the Lions in need.
Lions Clubs International Foundation is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world with 1.35 million members in 208 geographic areas and countries. Over the last 10 years, LCIF has provided approximately US$100 million for disaster relief. Learn more about LCIF online at www.lcif.org.