Red Cross Asking for Volunteers and Money, Not Things to Aid Tornado Victims
By Jordan Onwiler
The American Red Cross is asking individuals interested in helping victims of the June 16 storms that devastated parts of northeast Nebraska to send money, not items such as clothing, toys or other things."The best way you can help those who have been impacted now, is to make a monetary donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. These donations will allow us to immediately help families replace items that they lost, like specific clothing sizes or critical medications," read a release from the Nebraska/SW Iowa Region Red Cross.Red Cross volunteers are on hand as families return home. They will help determine exactly what is needed and lend a helping hand. The Red Cross has also opened an emergency shelter at the Wisner-Pilger High School, 801 18th St. in Wisner.To donate, go to www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.Volunteers were asked to stay away Tuesday, as residents got the first opportunity to see their homes in the light of day.Gov. Dave Heineman said, "I know how Nebraskans think. They want to help. The desire of so many Nebraskans to help their neighbors in this difficult time is greatly appreciated." According to Susan Epps, disaster program manager for the Red Cross, volunteers may arrive at the Wisner-Pilger Jr./Sr. High (801 18th Street) on the west edge of Wisner at 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Volunteers will be bused in to Pilger and separated into groups to perform debris removal. Volunteers must have a photo ID and are encouraged to wear sturdy work shoes, long pants, hats, work gloves, safety glasses and bring insect repellent and sunscreen (lunch will be provided). Volunteers who arrive directly in Pilger will not be allowed to enter the town. There is nowhere to hold donations of goods at this time. Financial donations can be made at any Midwest Bank branch, referencing the Pilger disaster.
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