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New York District sends supplies to hurricane-devastated communities

Steven Hadt | Oct 26, 2018

New York District sends supplies to hurricane-devastated communities

New York District sends supplies to hurricane-devastated communities

Circle K International members recently helped Kiwanians load pens, paper, crayons, notebooks and food — more than 300 cases of dry and canned goods — into a 20-foot trailer. The supplies are being sent from Staten Island, New York, to Lumberton, North Carolina, for Kiwanians to help the community recover from the devastating flooding from Hurricane Florence. Learn how you can help, too.

Even though Lumberton is a two-hour drive from the Atlantic Ocean, the rain saturated the community when the hurricane stalled overhead in early September. Rivers rose, and homes, schools and businesses were inundated with water that had nowhere to go. Families that were already struggling to survive in the community where the poverty rate is higher than 30 percent were left with nothing.

“We have to think about these kids,” says Joe Aiello, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Glendale, New York. Aiello is coordinating hurricane relief efforts in the New York District. He knows how much the help is needed and welcomed because he helped families in his community recover from Superstorm Sandy’s devastation there in 2012.

New York District sends supplies to hurricane-devastated communities “There are people who are in trouble and in need,” Aiello says. “We are going to help and help them all the way.”

Kiwanians from throughout the New York District collected cash, gift cards and supplies. The trailer was loaded with backpacks, clothing and other necessities. Aktion Clubs packed hygiene kits to lend their support to the effort.

“When someone is in need, the New York District is out in full force,” Aiello says.

Aiello is already planning more trips in the next several weeks to support Kiwanis communities dealing with the effects of global warming.

New York District sends supplies to hurricane-devastated communities

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