Lions Club coordinates donation center for tornado victims

Julie Goetz, left, and Christine Dugan of Orrick Lions Club operate the distribution center for Orrick tornado victims Wednesday at Orrick Lions Club, where they are members. The center offers clothing, food and cleaning supplies for free. The club also coordinates volunteers for the extensive clean-up process. On Saturday, the club will feed hamburger and hot dogs to residents and volunteers, including 25 carpenters coming from the Blue Springs area. (Photos by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

Orrick Lions Club has taken on the look of a general store, with clothing, cleaning supplies, bedding and mattresses available to victims of the May 10 tornado. Lions Club member Julie Goetz said the free supplies would be available “as long as there is a need.” Residents drop by the club’s Front Street building 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Goetz said cash donations and supplies have been coming in from around the area. ACE Towing of Kearney and National Bank of Kansas City’s Excelsior branch brought truckloads of cleaning supplies, along with trash bags, brooms and pet food, Goetz said.  Ray County Veterans also donated $1,000 to the cause. Lions Club International awarded Orrick a $10,000 grant to purchase food, clothing, cleaning supplies and medicine for those who lost their possessions in the now classified EF-2 tornado. A portion of those funds is going toward care packages, consisting of ham, potatoes and other food items to create a family-sized meal. Around 100 packages were stacked and ready for Thursday’s delivery to affected families.

On Saturday, Lions Club will serve a hamburger and hot dog lunch to Orrick residents and clean-up volunteers on Front Street. They, along with Orrick churches, have served hot lunches for residents and volunteers since the tornado clean-up efforts began.

A planned May 31 fundraiser for little league ballpark improvements day will go on, Orrick Lions Club member Christine Dugan said, but there will no charge for food concessions as planned.

“The little league field was heavily damaged, it’s like we have to start over again,” Dugan said. The club completed renovations on the T-ball field recently, but it also sustained substantial fence damage.

“We’ll salvage as much as we can. The park lost the shelter house and play equipment,” she said.

The family event, open to the public, is free; however club members will accept donations for ballpark renovations. The event’s washer tournament will have an entry fee, Dugan said.

– JoEllen Black/Richmond News


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