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Children's Fund grants will help clubs serve hurricane victims

Oct 09, 2018

kiwanis-responds-squareNorth Carolina families dealing with the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Florence will receive help from seven Kiwanis clubs, thanks in part to grants from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. 

It was the second time in two years that Robeson County, one of the largest and poorest counties in North Carolina, has been hit by a devastating natural disaster. Many families had just returned to homes damaged in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew when Florence slammed into the East Coast in September.  

The money from the grants will be used to help the clubs purchase and distribute cleaning and first-aid supplies, food, toiletries, clothing and school supplies for school-aged children. 

“The generosity of Kiwanis in providing disaster relief funds will help facilitate recovery for many hurting children and their families,” said Mary Winfree of the Kiwanis Club of Robeson-Lumberton. 

Also participating in the recovery efforts are Kiwanis clubs in Charlotte, Greenville, Lake Norman, North Lumberton, Pembroke and Shallotte-South Brunswick Islands, as well as Key Clubs, Circle K clubs and Aktion Clubs.  

The damage was so severe that Public Schools of Robeson County hasn’t resumed classes. The clubs are working with the school system to identify students in need. They will be invited to attend a “Kiwanis Store” where they can pick out clothes and school supplies.  

The Kiwanis Children’s Fund Disaster Relief Grant Program is focused on assisting Kiwanis-family clubs and districts that are addressing the immediate needs of people in the wake of a natural disaster. 

“These grants supporting the work of Kiwanians in the Carolinas is exactly why the Disaster Relief Program was created,” said George E.H. Cadman, president of the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. “The Children’s Fund is a vital resource for Kiwanis clubs meeting the needs of children and communities that Kiwanians serve so well every day.” 

Go to kiwanis.org/kiwansresponds to learn how to donate to the Children’s Fund Disaster Relief Program.