In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, recovery efforts are continuing in the northeastern United States. Thanks to emergency grants from the Kiwanis International Foundation, many Kiwanians are deeply involved.
In the New Jersey and New York Districts, six Kiwanis clubs and one division are making donations to community food banks, a local day care center and a homeless solutions center. They’re also providing food, clothing, generators, portable heaters, school supplies, toys and children’s items.
With the traditional U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving so close, Kiwanians have also been working to ensure families can celebrate:
- The Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach, New York, has partnered with local supermarkets to extend its members’ impact—using the club’s foundation grant to purchase gift cards for families in need. For every US$50 gift card, the supermarket where it was bought will donate a free turkey and other cooking supplies.
- The Kiwanis Club of South Shore, New York, will cook a Thanksgiving meal for more than 500 families whose homes have been destroyed or severely damaged by flood waters. The club is dedicated to providing a warm meal at least once a day to the needy families in their community.
There’s more information about Kiwanis International Foundation’s disaster-relief grants online. See how your club or district can apply for an emergency grant. And learn how you can make a donation to the program. In fact, there’s a link to get an online donation started right away!
Don’t forget: November 27 has been designated as Kiwanis Giving Tuesday. It’s our day to make gifts to the Kiwanis International Foundation specifically for disaster relief. No matter what day you read this, here’s hoping the event inspires you to give today!
Nov 20 2012, 04:21 PM