Ever since a powerful earthquake ravished nearly one third of the island nation of Haiti's population on Jan. 12, United States citizens have been following the tragedy on television.

According to District 14 U District Governor Bob Neumoyer of West Penn Township, Lions Clubs International Foundation has responded to assess the situation and determine relief needs.

"An immediate, United States $50,000 Major Catastrophe Grant to support immediate disaster relief efforts has been sent," said Neumoyer. Neumoyer received that message from LCIF chairman Al Brendel, Immediate Past International President. Neumoyer noted that Brendel is asking Lions world wide to help support the LCIF disaster relief efforts in Haiti by making a contribution.

A designated fund, "LCIF Haiti Earthquake Relief", has been established for donations for this disaster.

"It's through Lions' commitment to serving those in need that those suffering from the earthquake's devastation will receive some sense of normalcy," said Neumoyer.

United States residents can contribute to the LCIF Haiti Earthquake Fund by mailing a check payable to LCIF. Send the check to LCIF, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA, Attn.: Donor Services. Credit card donation can also be established with a MasterCard, Visa or American Express by calling LCIF at (630) 571-5466, ext. 517 or 581. Call between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST or donations can be sent online at www.lcif.org/donate