Flushing Lions Club lends helping hand to Consumers workers during storm-clean up

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FLUSHING TWP. — After powerful storms battered parts of Flushing Township on Aug. 11, community members rolled up their sleeves to help neighbors clean up debris and assist in many other ways.

One local organization that lent a hand was the Flushing Lions Club, which supplied food and water to Consumers Energy workers who were restoring electricity to multiple neighborhoods along McKinley, Deland and Carpenter roads.

On Aug. 14, Flushing Lions Club volunteers Yetiva Allen, Irene Spinney and Ron and Kristin Shively set up a food distribution station for Consumers workers in a church parking lot on McKinley Road. Volunteers supplied workers with hot dogs, brats, chips, Gatorade, water and cookies. Altogether, the Flushing Lions Club fed over 100 linemen—many of whom were working 16-hour shifts.

To further uplift the community, the Flushing Lions Club put in a request to the Lions Clubs International Foundation for a grant to supply up to $10,000 in relief for the Flushing area. Grant funds, which were approved by the Lions Clubs district governor, will be used to purchase food, water and medications for residents who were impacted by the storms, and to provide some storm damage cleanup help for seniors in need.

Residents can seek help through the Lions Club grant by contacting the Flushing Christian Outreach Center at 810-487-223, the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce at 810-659-4141 or St. Robert Catholic Church at 810-659-2501 for more information. — B.G.