Story of the Week: Kinomoto Lions Club Delivers 10 Tons of Emergency Supplies
Our staff in Oak Brook is in communication with Lions in Japan to assess needs, and has established a designated fund for Lions to directly support disaster relief efforts in Japan. We received this week’s story from Lion Masahito Hirai, a member of the Kinomoto Lions Club.
On March 16, 2011, Kinomoto Lions Club (335-C) brought a 10-ton-truck full of emergency supplies to Fukushima (332-D). The truck included 3,500 servings of instant noodles, 2,400 2-liter bottles of beverages, 5,000 diapers, 1,650 boxes and 1,000 pocket packs of Kleenex, 1,500 disposable hand warmers, 400 cans of food, 300 servings of instant miso soup, 12,000 pairs of disposable chop sticks, as well as buckets, blankets, kerosene and more.
In response to the earthquake, Club President Hidekazu Ohashi suggested sending supplies on March 13, 2011, and the board approved the project the next day. The truck left immediately after our regular meeting on March 15, 2011, and we were able to deliver our relief supplies to 332-D District Governor Kazuo Yamaguchi early the next morning.
Within a short time, club members gathered supplies and arranged transportation. Due to the current situation, every store is limiting purchases, so it was very difficult to collect the necessary supplies. But each member made great efforts, and asked for help from others too. One of a member’s friends donated a large amount of Kleenex. And when I saw my employers going to buy some food during their lunch break, I almost cried. I am so happy that Lions inspired the community and drove them to help others.
We were able to load the truck full. I am proud to be a part of this activity.