Lions in California Nourish their Neighbors

California Wildfire

Natural disasters can strike anywhere, at any time. And when they do, Lions can count on disaster relief grants from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to help them meet immediate needs within their communities.

On the warm, peaceful afternoon of Sunday, July 16, 2017, a wildfire broke out in Mariposa County, California, USA. Nearly 5,000 people were evacuated from their homes as the fire consumed nearly 80,000 acres. As of today, the fire has been burning for 10 days and is now 65 percent contained. Some evacuations orders have been lifted, but not all.

Local Lions could not simply stand by and watch. They sprang to action immediately and secured a US$10,000 Emergency grant from LCIF. The Lions of District 4-A1 are using this grant to serve meals to those displaced by the fire. Members of the Sonora Lions Club helped the American Red Cross to set up a kitchen at a shelter in Sonora, California, and are shopping for, purchasing, preparing and serving three meals to more than 1,500 people every day. Way to go, Lions!

Members of the Sonora Lions Club


You can support ongoing relief efforts by donating to LCIF’s disaster fund.
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