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Kiwanis Responds: Grants serve disaster-ridden areas

Oct 23, 2017
Hurricane season in North America this year has been catastrophic. Thousands have been forced from their homes due to storm destruction or left without food, water and power. Luckily, when disaster strikes, the Kiwanis family is there to help. 

In the past two months alone, the Kiwanis Children’s Fund granted disaster relief funds to Kiwanis-led projects serving the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. 

Texas-Oklahoma District – Greater Houston area
Following the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, the Kiwanis District of Texas-Oklahoma quickly formulated a plan to take necessary supplies to victims in the area. Marshall Kregel, chair of the district’s efforts, made a funding request to the Children's Fund. Approval came within 36 hours. 

They used this and other funds raised to send 18-wheelers with pallets of supplies to clubs throughout Texas who then distributed the items to people displaced from their homes. “We’re not FEMA, we’re not the Red Cross,” Kregel shared, “but we are making a difference. People are going to remember Kiwanis for the rest of their lives.”

St. John’s Antigua Kiwanis Club – Caribbean island of Barbuda 
Hurricane Irma caused significant damage to the Caribbean island of Barbuda. The island’s sole primary school was demolished, many of its homes destroyed and its only hospital suffered structural damage. In the wake of Irma, the Kiwanis Club of St. John’s Antigua, Barbuda’s sister island, took on the large task of rebuilding the school’s infant and kindergarten classrooms and providing baby food and supplies for the infants on the island.

To help offset some of these costs, the club requested a grant of US$2,500 from the Children’s Fund. Thanks to a speedy approval process, the club purchased baby food, wipes and diapers to provide to victims living in the island’s shelter facility, as well as cleaning products and gloves necessary to begin the school clean-up project.

Kiwanis Club of Bridgetown, Barbados – Caribbean island of Dominica 
Dominica was the first island to be hit by Hurricane Maria and suffered severe flooding, wind damage and more. Officials stated approximately 90 percent of the structures on the island were damaged or destroyed. Following the hurricane, the nearby Kiwanis Club of Bridgetown, Barbados, was ready to help its neighbors. The club requested and was granted US$5,000 to purchase water, baby formula and diapers for Dominica residents. The club purchased all items wholesale and utilized the Barbados Defense Force’s Royal Navy ships based on their island to ship the products directly to the victims.

You can support victims of natural disasters like these with a gift to our disaster relief fund.