U.S. East Coast Bracing For Hurricane Sandy

Dear Fellow Lions,

What many experts are calling “the storm of the century” is about to hit the east coast of the United States.  Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact the United States from Virginia north to New England, and as far inland as Ohio, with high winds, significant flooding, and major power outages.

We know Lions everywhere join us in sending their thoughts and prayers to the 60 million residents in the storm’s path.  That includes some 3,000 Lions clubs.  Lions Clubs International and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) are standing by to assist where needed by providing disaster relief and emergency grants.

Lions have shown time and time again their readiness and willingness to respond to natural disasters. We must always be ready and able to provide disaster relief at a moment’s notice – whether from hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, or man-made disasters.  It is important to maintain funds for disaster relief efforts.

In just the last year we have provided tens of thousands of dollars in emergency grants for flood relief in Nigeria, Thailand, Canada, MD300 Taiwan, Bangladesh, United Kingdom and Japan, as well as typhoon relief to the Philippines, earthquake relief to Italy and wildfire relief to western areas of the United States.  This was made possible by the generosity of Lions, who donate selflessly to LCIF.

This year’s presidential theme is “In A World of Service.”  Lions literally serve communities around the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Disasters strike at a moments notice, and we must be ready to respond.

We encourage all Lions to consider making a donation to LCIF disaster relief so we can answer the call to provide much needed funding when and where needed.


Wayne A. Madden

Wing-Kun Tam


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2 Comments on “U.S. East Coast Bracing For Hurricane Sandy

  1. I am President of the Harbor Beach MI Lions Club.
    Will LCIF be conducting a campaign similar to the campaign that helped with the Japan disaster? Will donations count toward a Melvin Jones award?

    • Thank you for your interest in supporting disaster relief efforts. LCIF is not creating a disaster relief fund regarding Hurricane Sandy. Instead, we encourage donors to give to the general Disaster fund, which has MJF eligibility. When Lions give to the general Disaster fund, it ensures that all Lions around the world have immediate access to funds needed for emergencies like Hurricane Sandy. These donations are part of the reason that LCIF was able to quickly award a $100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant for those affected by the hurricane. For more information, you can email us at lcif@lionsclubs.org.