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HIGH SPRINGS ‒ The High Springs Lions Club supports many charitable causes under the organization’s motto “We Serve” by helping provide for the needs of others. With service in mind, club members are turning their support to those impacted by a recent hurricane. Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana cost on Aug. 29, 2021with heavy rain and winds of over 150 mph. It was a deadly and destructive Category 4 storm that became the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana on record, behind hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Throughout its path of destruction in Louisiana, more than a million people had no electricity and widespread heavy infrastructural damage occurred throughout the southeastern portion of the state, as well as extremely heavy flooding in coastal areas. Ida is the sixth costliest storm on record, having caused at least $50.1 billion in damages.

Club members are currently collecting supplies for the hurricane victims with an event called the Emergency Hurricane Relief Drive. They have a trailer to fill with donated supplies, and once full, it will be driven to New Orleans to be distributed to those in need. Household items such as soap, toothpaste and brushes, and toilet paper are welcomed. Sanitary wipes and diapers for babies, pet food and bottled water are needed as well. All types of clothing are also welcomed.

They are asking the community to show their support to the victims of Ida. “You can go to the Dollar store and get a few things, or maybe you have some extra food or clothing that you feel compelled to donate,” said Lions Club member Barbara Kowats. “Just remember when others helped you recover from a storm, maybe it is time to pay it forward. The feeling of giving is joy and your gift could multiply or change someone's life in a way that makes the world a better place is just an added bonus to doing and feeling good.”

Article donations or cash /checks can be dropped off at the High Springs Lions Club at 26900 West U.S. Highway 27 in High Springs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4 p.m. To 7 p.m. More information and a large list of donation items can be found at the High Springs Lions Club Facebook page or by calling 386-454-4521.

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