Whenever and wherever disaster strikes, Lions are often among the first to offer aid. And LCIF is right there with them, ready to support their efforts with funding assistance through global disaster relief programs.
Our Fire relief efforts have served over 2,200 families that were victims of the terrible fires in Northern California during the winter of 2018. We supplied food, blankets, hygiene products, gift cards to purchase rakes, shovels, sifters and whatever else is needed as they go back into the fire area to save what they can. We also handed out gas cards as well as cards for local stores to fill in any need that we could not meet.
"The needs of this community will go on for many years." -PDG Sue Kerr
The fire relief efforts went through February of 2019. Many of the victims are still renting and cannot find a place to live, so are using their automobiles, trucks, RV’s and trailers to survive the best that they can. Many have no insurance so their need is great. Almost all of the survivors of these fires have nothing left except whatever was on their backs as they ran from the flames. Most of the people coming into the relief center have nothing left but their family and friends. We listened to their stories and give hugs. Quite a few of the volunteers at the center also lost homes and/or jobs. The effect of the Delta fire, Hertz fire, Carr fire and Camp fire was not just loss of property, but also jobs are gone so incomes have been drastically reduced.
The fairground in Chico as well as the surrounding communities of Oroville, Gridley, Yuba City and Colusa are still housing refugees from the Camp Fire. Some have gone even further away all up and down the state as well as to other states outside of California.
Lions from Chico, Paradise, Gridley, Live Oak and all the other clubs nearby have pitched in with donations of money, goods and time. We have had volunteers from Redding, Willows, Sutter, Oroville, Auburn, Sacramento, Santa Rosa and many more that are Lions and non Lions. We are all doing our best to support the cities affected by this horrific event. We know they have a long road ahead to bring back businesses and rebuild their town. Lions are here to help until it is done.
"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than
outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold"