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Story of the Week: Lions, LCIF Disaster Relief Efforts Continue in Joplin

August 3, 2011

Last week, LCIF Chairperson Sid Scruggs and staff members from our Foundation visited Lions providing disaster relief for tornado victims in Joplin. Although the tornado affected local Lions club members, they were among the first to help, cooking meals for displaced residents and relief workers. Lion Sandy Taylor told reporters, “We were exhausted, emotionally traumatized, but just being a small part of helping somebody move on was so self-fulfilling.”

LCIF Chairperson Sid Scruggs in Joplin, Missouri Lions from across Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas and Pennsylvania are also volunteering their time to assist in the rebuilding efforts. Our members have worked with First Response to clear debris from dozens of homes sites in Joplin. Lions have also bought groceries and clothes during shopping trips with Lafayette House and Children’s Haven. In addition, Lions donated US$5,000 to the local school district to help provide supplies so the school year can begin on time.

All of these efforts are possible due to generous donations from Lions around the world. LCIF is providing US$60,000 for relief efforts in Joplin. And Lions across the U.S. have sent personal donations of US$80,000 to Lions in the Joplin area. There is still much work to do in Joplin, but our members are committed to helping their neighbors and friends rebuild their lives and homes.

View video of our disaster relief efforts from the local NBC News affiliate.

  1. Lion Zana permalink
    August 5, 2011 12:52 am

    Disasters are going to happen and when they do there are two types of people … those that need help and those that give help. I am so proud of the Lions who have come to Joplin to help. They have “roared from their hearts.”

  2. IPDG Debbie permalink
    August 4, 2011 12:18 pm

    I am so very proud to say that LCIF has been with us EVERY step of the way! We knew we had emergency help within hours of the tornado. With the additional funding from Lions and LCIF we have been doing some amazing things in Joplin, Missouri. I am especially proud of the home site clearing with Tad and his First Response Team. It is great to know in the midst of a tragedy like this you are not alone. Thank you for that. What an encouragement it was to have Chairperson Scruggs, Judy and LCIF staff come and work along side us. As Lion Leroy from Joplin would say, “It’s great to be a Lion!”

    • August 4, 2011 1:19 pm

      Thank you for the comment, and for everything you’re doing to help in Joplin! We’re proud to share news about your disaster relief efforts here.

  3. August 3, 2011 12:47 pm

    Want to keep up on the Joplin Relief Efforts? Visit our website at and click on “Joplin Relief Efforts.”

    From Missouri Lions District M6, thank you for all your prayers, thoughts, donations and volunteering – behind the scenes or in Joplin. Words can not express the gratitude that has been shared in Joplin. God Bless and keep “Serving” to help others.

    • August 4, 2011 8:07 am

      Thanks for sharing the link Cathy … and for all you’re doing to help others in Joplin.

  4. Lion Diana permalink
    August 3, 2011 9:06 am

    LIONS members help others first …
    We serve … our community; our country; our world
    When we join our resources together there is enough for all.

    Stellarton and Area Lions Club Nova Scotia Canada B0K1S0

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