- Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Community support for flood relief is commendable
On behalf of the Lions Clubs of northwest Oregon and the residents of our flooded communities, I want to thank the Forest Grove and Carlton-Yamhill Lions clubs for their support of the Lions flood relief efforts. Because of that support, Lions were able to meet the exact needs of the four communities of Seaside, Sheridan, Tillamook County and Vernonia as those needs arose.
Since the first week of December, Lions have provided over $100,000 worth of much-needed supplies. Over 200 tons have been delivered to the affected communities. These included over 26,000 gallons of bottled water and 8,000 gallons of bleach within two days of the flood. Nearly 90 tons of food have been distributed.
Children in the flooded communities received 15,000 Christmas gifts to replace those lost in the flood. Lions clubs in three of the communities hosted Christmas parties for children in their communities. In addition, nearly four and a half tons of school supplies have been delivered to replace those lost in the floods.
Lions are still at work. Volunteer attorneys have assisted residents with insurance and FEMA paperwork. The work still goes on. Currently, Lions are collecting home furnishings to replace those lost in the flooding.
Again, thank you to the Forest Grove and Carlton-Yamhill Lions clubs for helping make a difference and living up to our Lions' motto of 'We Serve.'
Jim Jaggers, Governor
Lions Clubs International