It didn’t take long for Lions Club International to offer help to Japan following the March 10 earthquake. Within days, the volunteer service organization released $1.25 million to assist the survivors with their most critical emergency needs. The Lions have since raised their commitment of funds from their charitable giving arm to $5 million to support the disaster relief efforts. On March 15, the Loomis Lions board of directors met in special session and voted to contribute $1,000 on behalf of the Loomis community by sending the money directly to Lions Club International. Lions from around the world are also stepping up their fundraising with the goal of sending millions of additional dollars for the victims. There are more than 100,000 Lions in Japan in 3,200 clubs with 31 of those clubs located in the hardest hit areas.