New Orleans Filipino American Lions Club opens a typhoon Haiyan donations account
The impact of super typhoon Haiyan has left a path of destruction across the central provinces of the Philippines over this past weekend. Many people are looking to help in the recovery. Most of our club members have been in contact with the Philippines, though with little success in the most affected areas. We are arranging for the New Orleans Filipino American Lions Disaster Relief Fund account in Capital One to accept donations from the greater New Orleans community at any Capital One branch. We will distribute the funds through Lions Clubs International Foundation directly to the relief efforts in the Philippines where we can have the greatest impact.
I have been in contact with Lions Clubs International headquarters and have verified that, as of Monday afternoon, LCIF has committed over $500,000 in emergency relief funds to the Lions Multiple District in the affected areas. Lions Clubs International Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is collecting donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief to accept the relief donations worldwide.
We know that food, water and clothing are needed, but at this time, we do not know the conditions of the roads or distribution locations. There are a number of Lions Clubs in the central Philippines. Some are in the devastated areas, but others suffered little damage and have logistical resources. Our donations will be used to provide help where it is most needed, for as long as it is needed.
Here in New Orleans, we remember Katrina and how long even resilient residents needed to recover from a disaster. The recovery in the Philippines will take a long time, and will require lots of help from organizations like ours and from people like you.
Lion Robert Grace
President, New Orleans Filipino American Lions Club