CRANBERRY TWP. — The Lions Club of Pennsylvania collected items to send to Kentucky to aid victims of the deadly and destructive tornadoes that occurred there in December.
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Riverside Lions Club King Lion Chip Campbell said all 17 districts in Pennsylvania contributed to the donation drive.
Representatives and clubs from seven districts, including six in the western part of the state, held their fundraiser Friday in the parking lot of the Lowes Home Improvement store in Cranberry Township.
Campbell said everything imaginable was donated, clothing, tools, appliances, furniture, food and other necessary supplies.
“There’s going to be a lot on this truck,” he said.
The depot at Cranberry was the last of three stops, the other two being at Christiana and Harrisburg.
The truck that was supposed to arrive in Cranberry for the drop off was filled within the first two stops, forcing the Lions to take another truck.
Lions Club District 14B Governor Mary Ann Belles, which includes Allegheny County, said her district helped donate items such as 30 cases of water, shovels, electrical cords and apple pallets.
District 14N, which includes Beaver and Lawrence counties, raised more than $6,000 for expenses, according to District Governor Jeffrey Loudermilk.
Items purchased included kerosene heaters, red and yellow gas cans, carbon dioxide generators and filters, electrical cords, shovels, rakes, heavy brooms, large tarps with tie downs, chainsaws, clothing for children and adults, buckets, different food items, heavy duty construction trash bags, work gloves, flashlights and batteries, diapers, Pampers, Depends, band aids, toothbrushes, soap, cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes.
The Lions Club even received a donation truck from Paper Products Company Inc.
From Cranberry, the supplies will be transported to Utica, Kentucky. Lions Clubs International President Douglas X. Alexander will personally travel to Kentucky to receive the supplies.
For Campbell, this is the second major promotional event the Lions Club has participated in recently, the first being the donation of supplies in October 2020 to hurricane relief in Louisiana.
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He said the Lions Club and its members are always ready to do whatever they can to help anyone in need in any way possible.
“We like it. It’s what we do. It’s what Lions do,” Campbell said.
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Nicholas Vercilla is a reporter for the Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He can be contacted at [email protected]