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40 grants aid communities affected by disaster

Jul 05, 2019

Forty clubs and districts have led disaster relief projects since October 1, thanks to grants from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. Clubs have aided communities affected by tornadoes, flooding, typhoons and more. Read about the most recent projects below.  

 

Tornadoes 

Ohio 

In late May, several tornadoes touched down in Dayton and surrounding communities, causing catastrophic damage to buildings and homes. A resident of Celina, Ohio, was killed when a vehicle was violently swept into his home by the storm. Kiwanians in multiple communities, including Celina, stepped up to support their neighbors in their time of need.  

In Celina, many residents were relocated to apartments or homes without laundry facilities. Kiwanians partnered with a local laundromat and used grant money to provide residents with laundry services. Members also hosted a cleaning supply drive at a local restaurant, allowing families to claim up to $40 worth of cleaning supplies. 

Kiwanians in Northridge and Beavercreek, Ohio, provided clothing and shoes to children in their community and distributed toiletries, food, water, blankets, pillows, cleaning supplies and first aid. In Brookville, Ohio, members sponsored a free meal for needy families. And in Dayton, Ohio, Kiwanians volunteered their time to Dayton Children’s Hospital, Help Me Grow of Montgomery County, and their Kiwanis BUG program to distribute basic necessities to children and families in need.  

  

Flooding 

Taiwan 

Torrential rain fell across northern Taiwan in May, but Kiwanians there were ready to help their community. Members used grant funds to provide students in the flood zone with nutritious lunches, backpacks and notebooks. In addition, a community center was provided with drinking water and food.  

  

Mississippi 

Since February, Warren County, Mississippi, has suffered historic flooding — including backwater flooding from the Mississippi River that has affected hundreds of homes and local businesses. In May, local officials estimated it would take weeks or even months for water levels to return to normal. Kiwanians in Vicksburg partnered with Warren County Emergency Management and United Way of West Central Mississippi to distribute supplies to three communities affected by the flooding. Altogether, they helped 100 families by creating disaster kits that included five-gallon buckets, bleach, bug spray, dish soap, gloves, masks, mops, Pine-Sol, scrub brushes, and more.  

 

Read about disaster relief grants made between January and May.  

Read about disaster relief grants made between October and January. 

Learn more about our disaster relief grant program.